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Cauliflower Tots Recipe

  • Author: Lynette Rice
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: side


Tots made from cauliflower – delicious!


  • 1 Head Cauliflower
  • 2 TB Butter
  • 2 TB Whipping Cream
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 24 Eggs, depending on how large your head of cauliflower is
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp Black and Pepper
  • 1 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Oil


  1. Cut the Cauliflower head in quarters and remove the leaves and thickest parts of the stems.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and put the Cauliflower in and cook for 2 minutes. Remove and drain well.
  3. While still warm add the Cauliflower, 1⁄2 cup of Cheese, Butter, Cream, Salt and Pepper to a food processor and pulse until the Cauliflower is a fine dice texture, should look like the inside of a tater tot. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  4. Beat 2 Eggs and add to the Cauliflower mix to combine. If it is not enough to get a good coating add additional eggs 1 at a time until well coated.
  5. Add the remaining Cheese and combine. Refrigerate at least 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from the refrigerator and add the Panko crumbs.
  7. Using a tablespoon size cookie scoop get a packed scoop and form it into a ball and put on a tray or plate. Put in the freezer at least 20 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 400 Put tots on parchment lined baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 12 minutes and remove.
  9. Heat 11⁄2 – 2 inches of Oil over medium high heat to 350 ̊. Keep an eye on the temp.
  10. Working in batches deep fry the Cauliflower tots for 30-45 seconds until deep golden brown.
  11. Remove to a paper towel lined baking sheet.
  12. Serve hot.