Habanero Cheddar Cauliflower Fritters with Avocado Cream Dipping Sauce

Have you ever eating something that tasted so good and made you so happy that you found yourself dancing?  No?  That’s just me?

Maybe fritters just do that to me.  A little, lightly fried morsel made of a vegetable so it MUST be healthy.  It’s such a simple concept for food, but so yummy.  It makes me wonder, where did fritters originate?

It was really the cheese that inspired me to make fritters.  It’s one of those ingredients where things really can’t go wrong.  Cheese makes everything better.  Habanero cheddar not only makes it better, but it makes it spicy too.  And that’s a win-win in my book.

The best thing about this fritter recipe is that you can really substitute any cheese that you want.  So many grocery stores are now carrying a nice variety of delicious, cleverly flavored specialty cheeses that the combination possibilities for this dish are mind-bottling.

I had an afterthought while I was inhaling one of these fritters, and that was to try my almond flour from the Almond Flour Debacle to see if they would bind the fritter well enough.  I suspect that it will, but you may run the chance of a slightly “nutty” flavor.  I still think it’s worth giving it a shot.

Ingredients:
1 small head cauliflower, cut into chunks
1 large egg
1 garlic clove, chopped
3 oz. habanero cheese, chopped (or 3 oz. of any cheese)
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil (for cooking)

Avocado Cream Sauce:
1 avocado, chopped
½-3/4 cup sour cream (depending on how thin you want the sauce)
1-2 tbsp. lime juice

Directions:  Cut cauliflower into 1-2 inch chunks.  Place in microwave safe bowl, lightly drizzle with water and microwave for 5-6 minutes until cauliflower is soft to mash up into pea size bits.  Mashed bits will not be consistent in size, but that’s perfectly OK.  Allow cauliflower to cool.  In a bowl combine, chopped garlic, egg, cauliflower (cooled, if you put it in hot, it could scramble your egg), cheese.  In a smaller separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt and pepper.  Mix well and then add this mixture to the cauliflower mixture.  Mix until combined.

Drizzle olive oil in the bottom of a nonstick skillet.  Scoop fritters into hot oil, and allow to brown on one side, then flip.  Prepare a plate with paper towel, or a cooling rack to rest completed fritters.

Fritter1

Fritter2

Combine ingredients for avocado cream sauce.  Serve and enjoy!

Fritter3

What cheese and dipping sauce combo would you come up with?

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1 Comment

  1. cjmcook says:

    These look pretty easy and you’re right…how can you go wrong with cheese? What a great way to get your veggie serving in, too!

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