Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Cauliflower Tortilla Shells

I've seen and read a lot about using Cauliflower to make pizza crusts and other things, like these tortilla shells.
Cauliflower Tortilla Shells
As well as using them as a sub for mashed potatoes, or ricing them and eating them instead of rice. 
And well, gee, I was neutral on the whole idea. 

I love cauliflower, but I like eating it raw, or steamed with a little butter or my favorite,  Cauliflower with Herbs.

I don't make it that often, cause I can eat the whole head all by myself.   Which is OK, except for all that butter. sigh

And then last week, I bought a head of cauliflower and realized I already had one in the fridge, and we were going to be eating out a lot that week. 
What to do?
I decided to try making tortilla shells out of riced cauliflower. so I googled it and there were all kinds of sites out there with recipes.  Which all boiled down to the same basic recipe.  1 head of cauliflower, riced, 2 eggs and seasonings. A couple of places mentioned adding cheese to it, but the amount they suggested seemed like a lot.
So I did what I usually do with something like this.   I played with it.
And while I love corn tortilla's and flour tortilla's, I can happily make and eat these Cauliflower Tortilla shells.
Cauliflower Tortilla Shells
 Literally, I can eat these plain, OK so a little cheese on top doesn't hurt either.
Cauliflower Tortilla Shells

And...
They cook perfectly in my little toaster oven.  In fact, I cooked some in my big oven and some in my little toaster oven, and I liked the ones in the toaster oven better.  Which is a good thing because we're coming into the hot season here, and the regular oven tends to heat up the house.

I made these for Taco Tuesday last week, and I'm making more this week as well.  
Cauliflower Tortilla Shells
 Cause they were that darn good.
Cauliflower Tortilla Shells
 I had to include one picture taken with my phone,
Cauliflower Tortilla Shell Taco

I even used one under my Huevo Ranchero's for my Sunday breakfast.   And I didn't miss the regular tortilla at all.
Cauliflower Tortilla Shells under Huevos Rancheros
If you make more than you'll eat at one meal, just wrap them well and keep them in  the fridge for up to 3 days.



Yield: 6 tortilla's

Cauliflower Tortillas

prep time: 5 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 15 mins
These don't taste exactly like a corn tortilla, but you don't miss the corn either.

ingredients:

  • 1/2 head Cauliflower, riced in the food processor
  • 1 egg - beaten lightly
  • 1/2 cup shredded monterey jack/cheddar cheese (Cojack) (optional)

instructions:

  1. Cook the cauliflower in a food safe bowl in the microwave for 1-2 minutes at 80 % power.  Press out as much liquid as possible, using either a cheese cloth or a cloth pressed on top of the cauliflower.  Allow to cool.
  2. Mix in one egg, until it is well mixed.   Add 1/2 cup cheese if desired. 
  3. Measure out 1/4 cup of the mixture, and press into a rough circle (4-5 inches wide) on parchment paper.    Bake in toaster oven at 400 degrees for about 8 minutes, then turn over and bake an additional 2-3 minutes.  (my toaster oven does two at a time).  Remove from parchment paper and continue until all the tortilla's are cooked.  Fill with taco meat and toppings.  
  4. These are fairly sturdy, but will not act like a traditional taco shell.  They do sometimes come  apart as you eat them. 
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Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea Sid, these shells will be awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us for our special St. Patrick's Day Full Plate Thursday! Have a great week and come back soon.
    Miz Helen

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