Thursday, August 16, 2012

Smokey Grilled Cauli-Tots

Cauliflower didn't become a staple ingredient in my house until I went out on a limb and tried it and realized I loved it! I love its neutral flavor, crunchy texture, and, of course, its impressive nutritional stats. I use it in as many different dishes as you could imagine- to bulk up taco meat or burgers, to act as "rice" in fried rice dishes, but sometimes it is nice to let good ole' cauliflower speak for itself, and preparing it on the grill does just that. And with the right spices, cauliflower has some kickin' flavor.

To make smokey grilled cauli tots simple cut a head of cauliflower into chunks large enough that they won't fall through your grill. Microwave them in a bowl for about a minute just to soften them a bit before they hit the grill (unless you like your caulitots super crunchy). Season them up with a little garlic, onion, pepper, and our smokey friend- smoked paprika (and of course cayenne or chili powder is option for a little added kick). Then, just throw them on the BBQ until they get a nice charred flavor and color. Makes a great side dish!

Feelin' Frisky? (Or you don't have a grill?): You can easily prepare this dish in the oven and just roast the caulitots- just spray a pan, lay them out, and cook away- the pictured tots were actually roasted! Pin It

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