Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Fried Cauliflower Rice, no grains necessary

It's pretty amazing what you can do with a head of cauliflower.  Steam, roast, fry, eat raw, carve little faces out of it (what? you don't do that???) mush up to mimic mashed potatoes (it works!).  I've even seen recipes using it as pizza crust. I'm kinda a pizza snob so that'll be hard but I'll try it.  AAANyway, I wanted to quickly share how I made fried rice with it tonight. There's none left so don't come knockin on my door....well, you can, but you won't get any of this. 


Ingredients:

1 large head (refrain from "thats what she said" comment) of Cauliflower
1/2 small red pepper diced
1/2 small onion diced
1 carrot small diced (I used matchstick carrots and cut those up small)
1/4 cup frozen peas
1 Tbs Oil
1 Tbs butter
S&P
Teriyaki
Low Sodium Soy Sauce
2 beaten eggs
Sesame Oil- drizzle

Ok, first things first, make your "rice".  Core and coursely chop your Cauliflower (to be referred to as CF for the remainder of this recipe). Place a few handfuls of the CF in the food processor at a time and pulse until it resembles rice.  If you have some pieces that won't chop, don't worry about it.  Don't over process the CF.  Hit those pieces up on the next batch.  It took me 3 batches to pulse so I didn't overprocess.  When done, place the CF rice in a strainer over a bowl. A little moisture is ok (a little more on that later)
While your rice is chillin over the bowl, heat your oil and butter over medium high heat, then add all veggies  EXCEPT THE PEAS and salt.  Cook for about 5 min until they're translucent.  Now, add your "rice" and a bit more salt, remember you're also using soy sauce later so be careful.

Here's where your moisture comes in.  Cover your pan with a tight fitting lid, turn the heat to low/medium low and let the rice steam in its own moisture for a few minutes. This will soften your rice up.  This is so much easier and faster than cooking real rice separately.  Seriously, I'm saving you time and calories.  You're welcome.

While your rice is steaming, go ahead and beat up a couple eggs.  Don't worry I give you permission to beat them. Set those aside.  Remove the lid and it's time to add your frozen peas and sauces.  You'll notice that I didn't put amounts on here because, well I didn't measure.  But, here's the thing, CF doesn't absorb like real rice does, so it doesn't take quite as much sauces as you might use in traditional FR (Fried rice...my time is precious people).  So here are estimates.  ummmm maybe about 2 tbs of teriyaki, mayyyyyyybe 1-2 tbs of soy?  start there, stir and taste.  You can always add.  Once you get the flavah you want, push the rice to the side of the pan and add your eggs to the other side and stir, scrambling.  Once the eggs are cooked thru, stir the entire dish together.  At the very end, drizzle on your sesame oil, if you have it. I also topped mine with some scallions. 

Like all of my creations MUHAHA... this is super versatile.  So stir whatever veggies you have on hand into your rice.  Enjoyyyy y'all!!!




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