Cauliflower croquettes: a tasty appetizer

Cauliflower croquettes: a tasty appetizer

By 13/02/2014

I have to be honest. I could eat a whole bowl of vegetables but I would struggle with cauliflower. Definitely not at the top of my list.

I find it bland: it needs a boost, a kick, something extra to allow its flavour to be enhanced and appreciated at best.

I knew what I was going to do with a chubby and youthful looking cauliflower I saw at my local's farmers market the other day. The wind was blowing in all directions and there I was heading back home holding and cradling this pure white and delicate precious flower just like I would have done with a baby, as almost to protect it from the insane weather we have been having recently.

God knows how many times I have encouraged my children to eat cauliflower. Well, the time has come, it worked. I turned it into crunchy-outside and soft-inside croquettes. And they ate it. All of it. YES!

This is perfect as an appetizer. You can put a small cube of cheese, sausage or ham inside each ball if you want to make it richer.

  • Prep Time : 40 minutes
  • Cook Time : 25 minutes



Wash the cauliflower and cut off the florets. Steam or cook them in salty boiling water for 10-15 minutes until soft. Drain in a colander

boiling cauliflower

With the fork mash the cauliflower well, put it  in a bowl; add 2 eggs, the chopped parsley,  some grated nutmeg, the cheese, salt and pepper, and about 150 g breadcrumbs enough to get a dough-like consistency. Add more if needed

mashing cauliflower

mixing ingredients

Make little balls, roll them in flour, coat them in the whisked egg and then onto the remaining breadcrumbs

cauliflower croquettes

Fry the croquettes in hot shallow oil until all sides are golden

cauliflower croquettes

You can serve them with mayonnaise or with any dip you like and you can pierce them into skewers alternating with orange slices.

cauliflower croquettes


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8 Responses to Cauliflower croquettes: a tasty appetizer

  1. gloria

    what delicious Alida I love cauliflower!!

  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    Who would have thought these are made from cauliflowers? They look fingerlickingly good!

  3. Louise

    I LOVE cauliflower, Alida! I guess it does need a bit of this and that to dress it up sometimes but oh me oh my it is just so versatile. I have seen so many delicious ways to transform it on Pinterest, I’d love to try them all beginning with yours!

    I have breaded cauliflower before and although it can be a bit tedious, it still is my favorite way. I love the notion of smashing it into tasty croquettes that can be dunked. (I am a dunker from way back, lol…) It is wonderful that your children enjoy it too. I sure wouldn’t mind having some right now for dinner!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Alida. If I could find a beautiful cauliflower at the grocery, I too would cradle it with protection:)

  4. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,

    I love cauliflower any way it is prepared. When I first saw your photo I thought it was just fried, that is the way we make it sometimes. But then as I read through your post I was amazed. Never would have thought of mashing it and making these little balls of goodness. I am going to show my mom, and I think we will try this the next time we make cauliflower. A perfect appetizer or an added veggie to your dinner. Thanks for sharing and love your step by steps. Glad that your children enjoyed them. Blessings dear Alida for a great weekend..Dottie 🙂

  5. la cucina di Molly

    Buonissimi questi spiedini, bel modo per gustarli, ottimi come finger food, complimenti! Un abbraccio!

  6. Anneli Faiers

    Now that is just plain genius. I completely agree about cauliflower being bland and not my vegetable of choice but this recipe sounds truly lovely! Such a great idea, I am definitely going to try it! Thanks for entering this into Four Seasons Food x

    • Alida

      Thank you Anneli for hosting!

  7. Kate

    These look delicious and the cauliflower mashing is a fab disguise! I will definitely be making a gluten free version. I hope my daughter will eat them as quickly as your children….

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