baked garlic parmesan cauliflower bites

Baked Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Bites

Here is another one of my ‘baked not fried’ recipes.  This recipe is adapted from Damn Delicous’ Parmesan Cauliflower Bites,  and while her fried version looks super delicious, I wanted to see how a baked version would turn out and I think that it worked pretty well.

baked garlic parmesan cauliflower bites

baked garlic parmesan cauliflower bites

I used olive oil spray to coat the panko batter before baking it. The spray helps make it easier to get an even coat on all of the funny shaped pieces.

baked garlic parmesan cauliflower bites

baked garlic parmesan cauliflower bites

Serves 4
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (or switch / combine with another salty cheese)
  • 1 cup panko crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or use olive oil spray if you have it)
  • salt & pepper to taste

Optional

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

1. Cook cauliflower until just crisp-tender. Stovetop steaming takes about 6-8 minutes, or cook it in the microwave for about 4 minutes. Allow cauliflower to cool until it's safe to touch.
2. Preheat oven to 450°f.
3. Combine flour, garlic powder and cayenne pepper. Coat the cauliflower in this dry mixture by sifting it over a layer of florets flipping them and coating the other side.
4. Combine the panko crumbs and the shredded cheese and pour it onto a tray or dish. Dip the floured cauliflower florets in the mixed egg, then dredge them in the panko/cheese mix, pressing them so that the crumbs stick.
5. Arrange the florets in a single layer on a tinfoil lined baking sheet, then drizzle or spray them with olive oil. Bake in preheated oven for 5-10 minutes until they start to brown up.

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