Mar 20

Mini Baked Cauliflower Cakes with Creamy Cilantro Sauce.

stacks on stacks…

Mini Baked Cauliflower Cakes (1 of 8)

…not money though.  It’s better than money…it’s cauliflower!! 

So we’re celebrating St. Patty’s Day (a wee-bit late) with PATTIES!  The Recipe ReDux theme this month was patties/fitters/cakes of all kinds.  And just look, the little cake/patty things are even wearing something green in celebration…see the creamy cilantro sauce?  I didn’t plan out the whole green sauce for St. Patty’s day thing…it was just a happy coincidence.  Yay fate!  It was meant to be.

Mini Baked Cauliflower Cakes (5 of 8)

Now I just ate a bunch of cauliflower, and I liked it so much that I decided to eat more.  The only change I made was switching up the toppings.  Because we all know toppings are fun and change is good.  As I was taking these pictures I realized these mini cakes aren’t the most photogenic things.  They kinda have that face-only-a-mother-would-love thing going on.

I alternated dipping mine in ketchup and creamy cilantro sauce.  Sometimes you just feel like ketchup.  I may have even mixed the creamy cilantro sauce with the ketchup.  Now that wasn’t visually appealing AT ALL…but it was tasty.  I recommend trying the cilantro sauce + ketchup combo, just don’t take a picture.

Mini Baked Cauliflower Cakes (4 of 8)

As I’m typing, I’m on my last day of vacation.  I’m sitting on a balcony next to a roaring ocean waiting to go eat another meal…more likely than not it’ll be tacos.  I tell myself that if I got to live here I wouldn’t appreciate it.  The lies we tell ourselves. 

I love getting up early to workout, eating breakfast on a balcony with an ocean view and a blanket, eating some type of fish tacos for lunch, and then planning out our next meal before we’ve even finished the meal before.  Vacation.  But there’s always that point on vacation -the vacation tipping point if you will- when you feel like you could not be any more relaxed AND you feel like you could not eat another bite of food. 

At that point, it’s time to go home.  And go back to spending my time convincing my husband we NEED a dog.

Mini Baked Cauliflower Cakes with Creamy Cilantro Sauce
Mini Cauliflower Cakes
  1. 1 head cauliflower (should get ~3 1/2 cups after riced & microwaved)
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  4. 1/4 cup asiago, grated
  5. 1/2 teaspoon garlic
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Creamy Cilantro Sauce
  1. scant 1 cup cilantro
  2. 1 garlic clove
  3. 1/4 cup buttermilk
  4. 1/3 cup greek yogurt, plain
  5. 1 lime, juice
  6. 2 tbsp olive oil
  7. 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  8. pinch salt
For Cauliflower Cakes
  1. In a food processor, process cauliflower florets until they are in tiny pieces (stop before they are completely might need to add the florets to your food processor in batches). Place the processed cauliflower into a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 8 minutes. After, scoop cooked cauliflower into a tea towel and squeeze as much excess water from it as you can. And then squeeze some more.
  2. Preheat oven to 450F. Place the dry cauliflower in a mixing bowl and add in an egg, mozzarella, asiago, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix until everything is incorporated together. Pack cauliflower dough into 8-10 mini balls and then flatten and place on a non-stick baking sheet. Bake for 20-24 minutes, flipping once halfway through. Both sides should be slightly golden brown. Serve immediately topped with creamy cilantro sauce (...or ketchup).
For sauce
  1. In a food processor, combine cilantro, garlic clove, buttermilk, greek yogurt, lime juice, olive oil, vinegar and salt. Serve immediately or refrigerate until cold. Store in the fridge for up to a week.
makes 8-10 mini cakes
Adapted from Damn Delicious
Adapted from Damn Delicious
Mini Baked Cauliflower Cakes (6 of 8)

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23 comments on “Mini Baked Cauliflower Cakes with Creamy Cilantro Sauce.”

  1. I love cauliflower. This looks so good! =)
    I hope you enjoyed your vacation! =)

    • Thanks Helen!! I keep telling myself that I’m ready to go home…but I don’t wanna leave! It’s been a great trip:)

  2. Oh wow, cauliflower and cheese in a patty. I think I am in love!

  3. Yum! These sound and look so good! Id definitely have to mix with ketchup too :) Can’t wait to try them

  4. Gorgeous. You chose the “it” veggie for 2014 and created something fabulous. My family will love this. We adore cilantro… Love the photos!

  5. These look so delicious! Reminds me of the fried cauliflower I enjoyed every other Friday night in college. These are much healthier and much tastier I’m sure…

  6. Admittedly, I’m not the biggest cauliflower fan (I’m trying) but these I will definitely be trying out (and I’m going to get my daughter to make them with me :)

  7. I adore cauliflower!!! These patties are totally calling my name!

  8. This looks amazing! Sad I couldn’t get my act together for this month’s redux but I will be making yours to compensate!

  9. lovely… cauliflower is hot right now! these look delicious. and i’m always a fan of a creamy cilantro sauce.

  10. Hi Kylie – I am new to your blog … Tried your Cinnamon Roll for One through Chocolate Covered Katie. The Cinnamon Roll was yummy! I love cauliflower too, so I will give this a try …only thing is .. I don’t use the microwave, so have to just convert that to the stove top or oven. Can’t wait to try the cauliflower cakes. Barbara

  11. These sound fantastic, tho I still wish I could pay my mortgage with cauliflower ;)

  12. I really love this—both cauliflower patties and the sauce. I know I’ll be making this for sure this week.

  13. You’re the cauliflower queen!

  14. You have some genius ways with cauliflower, girl. And whether I make these cakes sooner or later, I MUST make that sauce! I have all the ingredients, so I’m thinking of just putting it on anything and everything in my sight.

  15. Oh your vacation balcony sounds amazing. Love these patties Kylie!

  16. These are sooo good – even had one for breakfast! I served with marinara sauce for dipping. AWESOME.

    • YAY! Glad you tried them!!! I can imagine marinara sauce would be good with these! I’ll have to try! Might even add some oregano to the cauliflower cakes for a more Italian flavor!!:)

  17. These look so creeeaamy! So I feel obligated to make these now due to the delicious cheese that is involved :) Do these come out soft or do they have a little crisp to them?

  18. Love the idea of cauliflower patties and your sauce looks so good!

  19. These are amazing guys! Just made them for dinner. Served on top of a medley of grains (quinoa, couscous and farro), with extra sauce. Thank you for the keeper!

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