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Cauliflower in batter

  • Nutrition Facts
  • Calories: 346
  • Protein: 9.8
  • Fats: 23.4
  • Carbohydrates: 21.6
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    Cauliflower is a well-known vegetable crop and today all attention is paid to it alone. How it happened that in the everyday menu such a wonderful vegetable is inferior in popularity to potatoes, carrots, and even its namesake white cabbage remains a secret for most of us. However, when serving to an idle table from a huge bouquet of various side dishes, snow-white inflorescences are tried first. For example, cauliflower in batter, even in a secluded corner of the buffet table, will find its owner - you can’t argue with that. A crispy shell combined with the most delicate middle is an ideal snack that can quickly remove hunger for all the heroes of a youth party.

    A bit of history

    The vegetable crop got its funny name for the flowering shoots that are used for food, and not for color associations. Brought to Russia from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea during the time of Catherine the Great, cauliflower at first had a hard time taking root in harsh climatic conditions, compared to its usual ones, until the famous Bolotov A.T. (agronomist of the 18th century) did not develop cold-resistant varieties. Thanks to this, the vegetable began to grow beautifully in large quantities and naturally ended up on the table as food. The fantastic abilities of Russian chefs in cooking all kinds of side dishes and snack dishes are known in all countries, so it is not surprising that the recipe for cooking cabbage in batter appeared in Russia, although variations of this dish can be found in almost all countries where this edible plant is present. .

    To cook cauliflower in batter, you will need:

    • Cabbage forks - 1 pc.;
    • Chicken egg - 2-3 pcs.;
    • Flour - 1.5-2.5 tbsp. spoons;
    • Cheese - 65 g;
    • Salt;
    • Black or red ground pepper;
    • Vegetable oil for frying.

    Cauliflower fried in batter - step by step recipe

    1. We place a ripe fork of cauliflower on a cutting table, get rid of the foliage and carefully examine it - yes, don't be surprised by this. Cabbage caterpillars often hide inside the fork. Using a knife, cut off the prettiest inflorescences. It is advisable to keep a small leg, so that it is more convenient to dip the vegetable heads in the dough.

      Cut the cauliflower into inflorescences with a stem.

    2. In no case do we tear off the balls with our hands - we need approximately the same and strong shape of the widths. We lay out everything that turned out to be cut more or less evenly on the board.

      Try to cut the head into inflorescences of the same size - this will ensure uniform cooking.

    3. We place the inflorescences in a double boiler for 15 minutes or blanch in boiling water - we choose the method that is convenient for you and on this, in fact, the preparation of the "curly beauty" is over.

      Boil the prepared inflorescences for a couple or in water for 15 minutes.

    4. Next, let's do the batter, in which we will dip our main ingredient. In cooking, this mixture is called batter. Crack two large room temperature eggs into a bowl.

      For batter we take two chicken eggs

    5. Salt and pepper - this is purely to your taste. We beat well.

      Beat the eggs with a whisk together with salt and spices.

    6. We add finely grated cheese, and what is available, we grind it. Mix lightly.

      Add grated hard cheese to the batter and mix everything again.

    7. Add a little flour, but so that the mixture does not get too thick.

      We also pour flour there, but do not make the batter too thick - this will make it difficult to process the cabbage.

    8. We check with a spoon and if the mass slowly drains from it, this is an ideal batter.

      The batter, ideal in consistency, should drain slowly enough from the spoon.

    9. Holding the inflorescences by the process of the head, gently dip into the dough, while trying not to press hard on the cabbage.

      We take the boiled inflorescences by the stem one by one and dip them in batter.

    10. Next, sprinkle with flour. We carry out similar manipulations with the rest of the blanks, but we focus on the size of the container for frying.

      Then sprinkle the pieces of cabbage with flour.

    11. We use a cauldron with high edges and a small bottom diameter. This cookware ideally keeps the heating temperature and holds 7-8 cabbage balls. We pre-heat our experimental “deep fryer” with vegetable oil in the volume of half a glass and cook the cauliflower in batter, periodically turning it over to different sides.

      For frying, we use tall dishes with thick walls, for example, a pot and pour about 1/2 cup of vegetable oil into it. Put the cabbage in the dough into the hot oil and do not forget to turn over.

    12. Throw the golden inflorescences into a colander - let the excess fat drain. Also, for this, it is not forbidden to use a paper towel, on which cabbage balls are carefully laid out. It is most convenient to remove fried cabbage with culinary tongs.

      When the inflorescences are fried to a golden color, we take them out of the deep-fryer into a colander and let them drain. A paper towel can serve as an alternative to a colander.

    13. Serve the dish as an appetizer or side dish. Cauliflower fried in batter goes well with meat. For those who are indifferent to meat, we offer a variant with tomato or garlic sauce - we prick a crispy ball on a fork or a part of it formed with a knife, dip it in a small amount of ketchup and eat it.

      Such cabbage is perfect for the table both as a side dish and as an appetizer, so feel free to serve it with sauces, as well as meat and cheese dishes.

    Variations of the dish

    It is rather difficult to diversify cauliflower in batter, but dreaming up with the batter itself is easy. Instead of eggs, you can use beer or mayonnaise, replace flour with breadcrumbs, and completely eliminate cheese - everything is simple!

    About the benefits

    There's a lot of information out there about cauliflower's ability to fight cancer, but that doesn't mean you should go all out on the cauliflower and eliminate all other vegetables from your diet. Cauliflower itself is an ideal low-calorie dietary food product and is perfectly absorbed by the body, but our dish still contains flour, cheese and eggs, and stewed in boiling oil, therefore, there is no trace of low calorie content - this is necessary take account of. In any case, a curly beauty cooked with the help of our step-by-step instructions is several times healthier than fried potatoes, which everyone is so used to using as a side dish.

    In conclusion, I would like to thank you, our dear readers, for reading the recipe for cauliflower in batter to the end, which means -
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