I'll be the first to admit, I wasn't sure if these cauliflower waffles would be any good but I was so pleasantly surprised. Only 5 ingredients and quick to make, they make a tasty, low carb and gluten free any-time snack/ light meal.
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Cooking with cauliflower
It's been about a year since I first started experimenting with cauliflower a bit more, when I made my cauliflower risotto. I know it has become a bit of a trend, but to me it always seemed like one of those substitutes that wasn't as good as the real thing.
I know it is great for many people who need to avoid gluten or look for low carb options, but I wasn't sure it could pass in the flavor department. Like tofu, cauliflower to me needs a lot of help to taste of much.
However, despite or maybe because of my skepticism, I've really enjoyed some of the things I've made. My risotto is fresh, light and tasty, and so much quicker than a rice-based one. The cauliflower steaks took on a lovely buttery rich flavor and worked so well with the salsa verde.
I decided I needed to try a little more Somehow or other I got to waffles, and I'm so glad I did. Since we're talking brunch ideas this week for BrunchWeek, it was the perfect time to share.
While they're not as popular as some other breakfasts like banana oatmeal and individual Dutch baby pancakes, we do have waffles now and then. More commonly they are sweeter, like blueberry granola waffles, though I have dabbled with savory versions. These, however, might just have become my new savory favorite.
See how easy these cauliflower waffles are to make in the short video!
These waffles are so easy as you simply whizz everything together in a food processor before cooking in a waffle iron. They take a little longer than a regular waffle, but it's still only 6 minutes so the whole thing is ready in little more than 10 minutes.
While it's cooking, you can fry an egg to go on top which I highly recommend.
How to serve cauliflower waffles
There's a lot about these cauliflower waffles, particularly with the egg, that screams breakfast, but to be honest they'd be great any time of day.
Add more toppings, put things like meat, veggies or salad on the side and make a meal of them. They're light, cheesy and oh so tasty, you'll be making them again soon.
Enjoy brunch-type dishes that work any time? Try these as well!
- Baked eggs with mushrooms and asparagus
- Shakshuka with meat
- Breakfast salad
- This cauliflower breakfast fried rice from The Clean Eating Couple sounds a fun idea as well.
- Plus there are many more tasty brunch and breakfast recipes in the archives.
- 2 cups cauliflower florets
- 2 eggs
- 4 oz mozzarella grated/diced
- ½ cup grated parmesan finely grated
- ¼ teaspoon garlic granules
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Preheat your waffle maker while you prepare the mixture.
- Put the cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until it forms a relatively fine rice-like texture.
- Add the eggs, grated/diced mozzarella, parmesan, garlic granules and pepper and pulse until well combined.
- Put half the mixture on the bottom plate of the warm waffle maker and spread out with a spatula. Close and cook for around 6 minutes until a golden brown color. Remove and serve. Cook the remaining mixture for second waffle in the same way. Works well served with a fried egg on top.
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Wow!! Delicious! My first time making and trying cauliflower waffles! I’ll definitely be using this recipe again! Thank you!
So glad to hear you enjoyed them. And you're reminding me I should make them soon again myself!
Probably a stupid question but do you think I could I use frozen cauliflower and if I woukd have to squeeze out the liquid?
I've never tried it, but there's no reason why not, I think, as long as you give it a good squeeze to get the liquid out, as you say. Let me know how it goes!
Definitely trying these for Dad. He's no carb.
Sounds perfect for him!
Liz @ Books n' Cooks
Such a unique use of cauliflower!
Thanks Liz, it works so well!
Linda | Brunch-n-Bites
Whoaaa these waffles change my mind! Never thought of incorporating cauliflower to my dish and it sounds so awesome. Can't wait to give this a try.
Thanks Linda, it's that bit different but in a tasty way!
Very interesting. I am intrigued by these low carb waffles.
Thanks Wendy, they taste a little different but they're really good!
Yummy low carb waffles! I know I'd love these!!!
Thanks Liz, hope you give them a try!
Such a great use for cauliflower! I love how easily these waffles come together.
Thanks Tara, they are indeed nice and easy to prepare.