My Sicilian friend Julia is a wonderful cook. I remember the first meal I ate in her NYC apartment; lamb chops and fried cauliflower which she calls broccoli a pasteta. She joked that day you can fry a sponge and it would taste good – she’s probably right. These are a lightened version of her recipe, made with Pecorino Romano, parsley, egg, garlic, white whole wheat flour and just enough oil to saute them in a pan.
Servings: 8 • Size: 2 fritters • Old Points: 2 • Weight Watcher Points+: 3 pt
Calories: 139 • Fat: 6 g • Carb: 14 g • Fiber: 4 g • Protein: 7 g • Sugar: 1 g
Sodium: 269 mg • Cholest: 61 mg
- 6 cups roughly chopped raw cauliflower (from 2 small heads)
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 2 extra large eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp grated Pecorino Romano
- 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
- 1/3 cup hot water
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt and pepper
- 4 teaspoons olive oil
Steam the cauliflower in 2 1/2 cups water over medium heat until tender, about 5 to 6 minutes. Drain and quickly rinse under cold water to stop it from cooking. Chop the cauliflower into smaller pieces with a knife once steamed and measure to make 5 cups. Set aside the rest for another use.
In a large bowl, combine the steamed cauliflower, flour, garlic, eggs, grated cheese, parsley, 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt and pepper. Add water so that batter becomes slightly more dense than pancake batter.
Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, add 1 teaspoon of oil coating bottom of the pan. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to form fritters. You can fit 4 fritters at a time, flattening them slightly with the back of the measuring cup. Cook until golden brown, about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes on each side. Repeat with the remaining oil and batter 3 more times.
Adapted from Julia’s Healthy Italian 
- ^ broccoli a pasteta (juliashealthyitaliancooking.blogspot.com)
- ^ Julia’s Healthy Italian (juliashealthyitaliancooking.blogspot.com)
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