Cauliflower the wonder veg strikes again! Is there no end to the usefulness of this normally bland and slightly stinky vegetable?
Cauliflower pizza crust? Not bad. I’ve yet to perfect this.
Coriander cauliflower rice (with thai prawns)? Sooo good
Creamy cauliflower soup? AM-A-ZING
And now, we have crispy, garlicky, creamy arancini. Ok, hands up, they’re not perfect little spheres. They probably could have been if I’d have to chosen to fry these like regular rice arancini, however, these are baked. Which means way less oil. In fact this whole batch only uses 1 tbsp of olive oil and 40 squirts of fry light. In my opinion, that completely paves the way for me to fill these little cauliflower bites with creamy boursin cheese and coat them in crispy breadcrumbs. Sounds calorific, but we’re only looking at 76 calories per arancini!
They’re a little messy to make, but the cauliflower doesn’t need any pre-cooking. So you can have them prepared in 20 minutes, and out of the oven 14 minutes later. No risotto making and overnight chilling required!
By themselves, hot out of the oven, these taste so good. If you fancy a bit of heat, you could also drizzle with a little sriracha.
- 40 squirts of fry light spray
- 1 small cauliflower, grated
- 1 egg, lightly whisked
- ¼ tsp garlic salt
- 50g cheddar cheese, grated
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 45g of Boursin cheese
- 50g panko breadcrumbs
- Preheat your oven to 170c. and spray a large metal baking sheet with 7 squirts of fry light.
- Take a large bowl and add in the grated cauliflower, egg, garlic salt, cheddar cheese and olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir to combine and put to one side.
- Take your boursin cheese and chop into 11 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball – about the size of a small marble. Put to one side.
- Add your panko breadcrumbs to a shallow bowl and season with salt and pepper.
- Now you’re ready to put everything together. Take a tbsp. of the cauliflower mix in your hand, roll it into a ball and flatten it with your hand (it will be messy). Place a ball of boursin in the middle and wrap the cauliflower mixture around the boursin to create a ball. It’s quite sticky, but so long as the boursin is covered it will be fine. Roll the cauliflower ball in the panko breadcrumbs and place on the baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the mixture. You should end up with about 11 cauliflower balls.
- Spray each ball with 3 squirts of fry light – so they’re nicely coated, and place in the oven to cook for 14 minutes - until golden brown.
- Serve straightaway.
Nutritional info obtained from caloriecount.about.com per arancini (recipe makes 11)