These gluten free cauliflower cheddar pancakes make a wonderful appetizer, side dish, or vegetarian meal. Crispy on the outsides and cheesy tender on the inside, you will love this easy appetizer.
Have you seen all of those fun cauliflower rice recipes on Pinterest lately?
I have always wanted to try one, but the thought of ricing a cauliflower was a bit overwhelming. Do visions of cauliflower flying around my kitchen and creating a huge mess flash before your eyes?
Not to mention my kids are not big fans of cauliflower, unless it is served raw with extra ranch dressing.
These gluten free cauliflower pancakes are going to change all of that! Kids love them.
Luckily, I found this new riced cauliflower at Trader Joe’s this week. (I love when Trader Joe’s makes something so incredibly easy to want.) It was the shortcut I was looking for. They did all of the work and this bag of riced cauliflower costs the same as a big head of cauliflower. Win-win! (*If you can’t find a pre-packaged cauliflower rice, check out this simple step by step method to create your own.)
And you can even use riced cauliflower instead of rice in risotto, check out this recipe for Shiitake Risotto!
How to Cook with Riced Cauliflower:
Toss the cauliflower rice into a large bowl and added the cheddar, leeks, and other ingredients.
I formed pancake shaped cauliflower patties with my hands and carefully dropped them into hot oil. These got so crispy and delicious.
Try cayenne for a spicy kick!
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Tools To Make This Recipe:
- Lodge Cast Iron Skillet: This is by far my favorite pan and I do almost all of my frying in this.
- Food Chopper: I bought my cauliflower already riced, but if you can’t find it pre-chopped, this inexpensive food chopper will do the trick for you.
- Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Blend: My favorite gluten free flour, it works beautifully in this recipe without making my pancakes gummy.
Easy riced cauliflower cheddar pancakes.
- 1 bag riced cauliflower or a head of cauliflower riced
- 3/4 cup Vermont cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 large leek sliced
- 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup gluten free flour blend
- 1/2 cup almond milk (or regular milk if you have it.)
- **Optional 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- garnish with sour cream and scallion.
- Start heating oil in a pan on medium high heat.
- Add riced cauliflower, cheese, salt, flour, leek and milk to a bowl and mix well.
- Test oil temperature by dropping a drip of water into the pan. If it sizzles, it is ready.
- Form patties.
- Drop patties into the hot oil.
- Cook until golden on each side, about 3-4 minutes per side.
- Remove from heat and put each patty onto a plate covered in paper towels (to absorb extra oil)
- Serve with sour cream and scallions
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If you love vegetable pancakes, give these Delicata Squash Cheddar Fritters.
Looking for a meal to enjoy after these appetizers?
How about this amazing gluten free fried chicken recipe from San Francisco’s Proposition Chicken?
These flourless chocolate peanut butter brownies would make a fabulous dessert!
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