These Cauliflower Dippers with marinara dipping sauce were an absolute hit at our Super Bowl Party, so I thought I would share them with you too. Perhaps you don’t think of anything fried as being “healthy”, but I promise you this was a better option than just about any of the chips or dips being eaten on Super Bowl Sunday.
This recipe does contain dairy (Parmesan cheese), because I primarily made this for my husband who can and does like all the cheese he can get. I have successfully substituted nutritional yeast for Parmesan in many recipes, but I haven’t tried with this recipe yet.
One more note before we begin . . . I chose to use Grapeseed Oil because of it’s high smoke point. It’s a great option for shallow pan frying and is also high in vitamin E and antioxidants. Just be sure to buy a high quality, non GMO brand to reap the benefits.
1 head of Cauliflower, cut into bite size florets
1/2 tsp Sea salt
1/2 cup Almond Flour
3/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup Ground Flax Seed
1/8 tsp Garlic Salt
1/4 tsp Paprika
1/8 tsp Ground Black Pepper
Grapeseed Oil for frying
Ranch or Marinara dipping sauce
Bring a pot of well salted water to a boil. Add cauliflower and blanch for 1 minute. Drain and shock in ice water until cool. Drain again and dry on paper towels.
Add flour and salt to a medium size dish. In a second dish beat the eggs. In a third dish combine the cheese, ground flax seed, garlic salt, paprika and black pepper.
Bread the cauliflower by tossing to coat in flour, coating with egg, and then adding to Parmesan mixture. Gently coat each piece well and gently shake to remove excess.
In a shallow frying pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the cauliflower in small batches and cook 5-8 minutes, turning frequently, until crispy and golden brown.
Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Serve with ranch or marinara dipping sauce.