Makeover French Fries With This Awesome Recipe From Epicuriosa

Cauliflower French Fries?

July 1, 2010   11 Comments

There are some wonderful food blogs out there - and sometimes Snack Girl is special enough to get to feature one.

Mariana over at Epicuriosa has a sensational blog with food, travel, and political commentary. She shared this post and recipe with us. Thanks, Mariana!!

From Epicuriosa:

Like French fries!? I know you don’t believe me, but go ahead, give it a shot. I promise you’ll thank me later.

I was never a big fan of cauliflower until I learned to cook it this way. In fact, cauliflower (along with papaya for some reason) was one of my final frontiers on my path to omnivorousness.

I’m pretty proud to say there’s currently no food I don’t like, because when I was a kid, I barely ate anything at all.

Roasting the cauliflower at a high heat turns it into a magical creation… Tiny bits become brown and crunchy, and bigger florets get golden on the outside and creamy on the inside.

I’m suggesting you use a head of cauliflower for two people, but honestly this is so addictive that I can easily eat one all by myself.

Cauliflower Like French Fries Recipe

1 head of cauliflower
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Clean the cauliflower of any leaves and trim the tough part of the bottom stem so that you get a flat surface. Stand the cauliflower upright on a cutting board, and with a large, heavy knife, create 1/2 inch slices. The outer bits will fall off in very small pieces (this is a very good thing, you will see later), the inner pieces will be like cauliflower latticework.

Line a large baking sheet with tinfoil. Toss the cauliflower with the olive oil, salt and pepper, and place on the baking sheet. If you have more cauliflower than will fit in a flat layer on the pan, reserve the extra for later. You don’t want it to get too crowded or it won’t brown properly.

Place the cauliflower in the oven, checking in after 15-20 mins. When it starts looking golden, turn with a spatula and return to the oven for another 10 mins or so.

Total cooking time is approximately 35-40 minutes, but it depends on how crispy you like your cauliflower. I like mine with a little char.

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I will be trying this one for sure, it sounds AMAZING- good and good for you, I like to say. Can't wait, thanks for the guest post!

on July 1, 2010

I'm not a very good cook, but would love to try this. I'm confused when you say "create 1/2" slices" "the center will be lattic work. Am I cutting all the way through, or just down 1/2". Thanks

on July 1, 2010

I hope you like the recipe! Sorry if it was confusing! Indeed you want to slice all the way through the cauliflower. I say it looks like laticework because the center slices come out
Looking like beautiful intricate patterns of cauliflower. Hope you enjoy!!

on July 1, 2010

I have had this now for over a year. I got it from watching the martha stewart show. You can do the exact same thing with brocoli. It is wonderful!

on July 1, 2010

Sounds SO yummy

on July 2, 2010

I recommend tossing the final product with some garlic confit or finely grated parmesan cheese.

on July 3, 2010

Great idea to share. I tried that a few years ago and couldn't believe what I discovered. Man is it every tasty, all those natural sugars that come out of the cauliflower. Thanks for the reminder. I'm going to buy a cauliflower today!

Adam -

on July 5, 2010

Just wanted to say THANK YOU for the post!! Just tried this today and it is sooo good!! (I don't even like cauliflower!) This is great for my diabetic hubby too - low carb! Will be making again!

on July 15, 2010

This was very good but I don't know that I would call it a healthy snack after thinking over the nutrition profile.

1 medium head of cauliflower has 140 calories and tons of good phytonutrients and antioxidants. However, we are adding 360 calories from olive oil and all of these calories are from fat. Olive oil is a good source of healthy fat but this recipe gets about 75% of its calories from fat!

on September 15, 2010

Yummy! That was delicious. I did put in the 3 tbsp. of olive oil but I think 2 will be just fine the next time. I had a puddle in the bottom of my bowl that I mixed everything in. I will be definitely be making this on a weekly basis. It filled me up as well.

on June 9, 2011

Nice post. It seems like a pretty interesting and healthy recipe to try. Thanks for sharing.

on July 26, 2013

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