The crowds at the the supermarket are INSANE right now! I could hardly believe it yesterday. It was a week day at 11am and there were almost no carts left. I was baffled. And then I remembered that literally everyone was trying to avoid the Saturday mob grabbing snacks for the big game. Yikes! Just remember, when you are out there, that patience and kindness are huge gifts to yourself and everyone around you. They could quite easily be the Fountain of Youth, as well!
With all that mayhem at the stores, I decided to shake things up a let a little creative juices flow for my Super Bowl menu. Yes, guacamole is going to be on top of the list, as well as anything with cheese or bacon….but I wanted to create something that is a little different. I decided that a veggie dish disguised as a fried finger food may just do the trick. Step aside celery, carrots and ranch…we are gonna be going a tad more exotic!
1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped
salt, to taste
1/2 c dry bread crumbs
2 large eggs
2 tbls all purpose flour
1 tbls Greek yogurt
1/2 c panko breadcrumbs
2 garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 tsp curry powder
handful of cilantro, chopped
a squeeze of fresh lemon
panko breadcrumbs for crust
vegetable oil for frying
1/2 c greek yogurt
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/4 c carmelized onions
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped
(optional…or just use store bought, if thats’s watcha got)
1 tbls tumeric
1/2 tsp cloves
2 tbls cumin
1/2 tsp cardamom
2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
3 tbls coriander
1 tsp cinnamon
Grind all the ingredients together to make a quick curry powder for flavoring your fritters. I realize that this is not a traditional curry preparation where you take time to toast the spices and the ingredient list is longer, but don’t have time for that….and I’m sure you don’t either this weekend.
Whether you grind your own seasoning, or grab a tin of curry powder from the pantry, the flavor is going to be gorgeous and the smell, intoxicating!
Now, chop up that cauliflower and throw it into the microwave. Yes, you can roast it and add that nuance of flavor…but I like shortcuts when guests are arriving and the Super Bowl is about to begin.
Simply chop it up and place it in a microwave safe bowl. Add a splash of water and cover it with Seran Wrap, microwaving til it’s tender. Start with two minutes before you check tenderness.
In the meantime, start up on the quick sauce so that the flavor has a chance to meld.
Using 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt as a base, squeeze in the juice of half a lemon, and add in two minced garlic cloves, 1/2 a bunch of cilantro chopped, and season with salt and pepper.
Oh! And I just happened to have some carmelized onions in the fridge, so I figured “what the heck, why not?” The sweetness turned out to be an incredible addition to this yogurt dip. Simply slice an onion and cook it with olive oil in a skillet until the color turn a lovely golden brown. If you are in a rush, you can totally skip this step, but you will think it’s worth it once you taste the result. Yum!
With the dip looking this lovely, it is time to get the fritters going. Fortunately, the cauliflower is now perfectly tender.
These fritters are basically little patties that I coat in panko crumbs before crisping them up. So, using a processor, pulse up the cauliflower until it is a uniform consistency similar to quinoa.
Add in the 1/2 cup of panko breadcrumbs, the two eggs and your (homemade) curry powder.
Season with salt and 2 cloves of minced garlic. Mix it all together with the fresh cilantro, a squeeze of lemon and one tablespoon of Greek yogurt.
The smell is out of this world! I guarantee you that making your own curry brings something new to the table. Oh, so dang good!
Time to make patties! Simply form your mixture into one inch thick disks. Coat them in panko and fry them up in a skillet with olive oil. If you are looking to cut even more calories, you can totally bake these beauties in the oven….you may want to simply spray the tops with a bit of oil once they are on a cookie sheet, if you go that route.
The texture of these snacks is awesome. Tender on the inside and crunchy, crispy on the outside.I think my cauliflower fritters are going to be a hit thanks to being so dunk-worthy! Get ready to surprise some football fans tomorrow!
[A quick side note, if you are having a crowd tomorrow, you can make these ahead of time and refrigerate them. Before serving, just pop them on a cookie sheet and reheat them at 350*F for like 10 minutes. They will warm and crisp up beautifully.]
Have fun tomorrow! If you think you will be a bunch of screamers at the TV, you may want to make a preemptive strike and invite the neighbors over. This is going to be a fun one!