Should I buy a whole Cauliflower or buy pre-packaged Cauliflower rice?
The choice is completely yours but whenever possible it's best to buy the freshest ingredient possible and that would be a whole head of Cauliflower. To chop it into small pieces all you need to do is to put it in a blender for a couple of pulses, that should do the trick. If you are short on time, definitely buy the pre-packaged Cauliflower rice.
Tips on how to make these tater tots:
- These little guys can be a bit difficult to form into the perfect tater tot shape so don't be too hard on yourself. I tried both using my hands alone and also using a spoon. The spoon was the way to go because it allowed me to keep the shape nice and round. When you place the tots in your pan, they will flatten out a little, this is normal.
- My favorite oil for higher temperature cooking is grapeseed oil because it is neutral in flavor and holds up when the burner flame is higher.
- I added a little tapioca flour which essentially is a replacement for corn starch. It gives the exterior of these tots a more crispy texture.
- Do not skip the step where you put the soft Cauliflower in the refrigerator: the
mixutreneeds to firm up so that the tots hold their shape so this step is key.
Cauliflower Tater Tots
- 1 medium head of cauliflower or buy pre-packaged cauliflower rice.
- ⅓ cup shredded goat cheddar or cheese of your choosing
- 4 egg whites
- salt & pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp of grapeseed oil
For the dipping sauce...
- 3 tbsp ketchup
- 3 tbsp veganaise
- Clean and trim the cauliflower, adding the florets to a saucepan filled halfway with water. Put in blender to cut the pieces of cauliflower into the size of grains of rice or a little bigger. (If using pre-packaged cauliflower rice, simply empty package into pan.
- Boil cauliflower until soft, around 5 minutes. Drain and squeeze excess water from cauliflower with a paper towel.
- Chill for at least half an hour.
- Whip the eggs and combine with cauliflower and cheese. If the mixture is still a bit runny, chill for another half an hour.
- If tots are still a bit runny, add some tapioca flour (or regular flour) to dry them out a little.
- Form tots one at a time with your hands. A good size reference for the tots is about 1.5 inch by 1 inch.
- Heat grapeseed oil in a pan. Once hot, add tots in batches, cooking until all sides are nicely brown.
- For the dipping sauce, combine the katsup and veganaise in a small bowl.