Crispy on the outside these Jalapeño Cheddar Cauliflower Fritters with Lemon Tabasco Aioli is an excellent bite-sized appetizer. These golden crispy cauliflower fritters are full of crunch and gets ready in less than 30-minutes. Seasoned with oregano, chili flakes, garlic, and Jalapeño these summer bites are best enjoyed with a mildly sweet, spicy, and a little tangy lemon tabasco aioli. I didn't want to make the sauce too spicy hence I have added some brown sugar in it. This mildly sweet and savory sauce balances out the heat and spice of the fritters and makes them taste incredibly good. This summer appetizer recipe will be an excellent choice during crisp fall months and cold winter mornings. Since we find cauliflower all year long, you can make them any time of the year you want.
Today was a sort of day when I really wanted to make something with cauliflower. I generally prefer cauliflower over broccoli because it's kinda sweet and I just like it that way. But, you are free to use broccoli to make these fritters.
When I choose my cauliflowers I make sure that they are large. Cauliflower is the meatiest vegetable out there. And, therefore, its always fun to have cauliflower on the menu. The larger the cauliflower the meaty it is.
These are literally the best cauliflower fritters ever. Crispy, cheesy, meaty, and just a little spicy make for an excellent summer appetizer recipe that is definitely gonna be a crowd pleaser. I want to call them little bites of Summer bliss, but, I am afraid, I might sound cheesy! Talking about cheesy, these corn fritters have just the right amount of cheese to make them simply perfect.
On top of that this Lemon Tabasco aioli completes the recipe. It adds a tad bit of sweetness that balances out the heat from Jalapeño and also adds a little tanginess - since its Lemon - which pairs perfectly well with these cauliflower fritters.
I am sure you must have made cauliflower fritters or buffalo cauliflower bites many times in the past. But, these are just not what you think. They are definitely gonna surpass your expectation in terms of taste. Not at all ordinary, these excellent cauliflower fritters are exceptionally tasty. I am sure you cannot have just one. Your hands will reach out for the second, for the third and for the fourth and so on.
A Little Story
So, last week probably I made these zucchini fritters. And, man oh man! They became an overnight sensation of Twitter. It got so many retweets and so many likes. People went crazy about it. Then I thought, let's make the same thing with a little twist, and let's work with cauliflower this time. This is how I decided to make cauliflower fritters.
I deliberately wanted to add the lemon tabasco aioli beside it so that I can actually take it to the next level.
Making these Cauliflower Fritters
I am sure you must have made cauliflower fritters in the past. Haven't you? There are many different ways of doing it and over the years I have learned and perfected this recipe right here. Many people say that frying them is an unhealthy option. I agree. You could bake them. Just like the way, I baked my Zucchini tater tots but, in this case, I feel frying is the best choice.
And, I must tell you that these are so tasty, so good and so easy to make.
Basically you are making a normal pancake batter just the way you make every day for breakfast, the only thing you are adding is some cauliflower florets. They will make it meaty, crispy, and so flavorful.
Adding the Jalapeño along with garlic powder, cheddar, chili flakes, oregano, and some lemon juice you take that taste to a whole new level. I also add some freshly chopped cilantro just to add that little bit of freshness to each of my cauliflower fritters. Lastly, mix it up with some milk, some flour, and baking powder. Add your cauliflower florets, as many as you want, and mix it up real nice.
Then, heat some oil in a pan and fry these fritters until lightly golden brown on both sides. Easy recipe. Isn't it?
And, the aioli
To make aioli, I always use avocado oil mayonnaise along with some lemon juice, tabasco sauce, grated garlic, and a little kosher salt. Finally just to make it mildly sweet, I have added one teaspoon of brown sugar. The tabasco sauce creates spiciness and the brown sugar balances that out. The lemon juice creates a little tanginess that pairs well with these fritters. The addition of brown sugar is doubly important because it also helps in balancing out the heat of Jalapeños in fritters. This aioli is just the classic side that completes the recipe.
I have also added some tomato sauce because I really like to keep my options open. As for me, I loved my fritters with both. The sweet, spicy, and tangy lemon tabasco aioli and the sour tomato ketchup were just what I needed to enjoy these fritters.
After you've made your fritters, serve them with aioli and enjoy.
Oh My GOD! They are so Good. Perfectly crispy golden brown fritters served with this tasty aioli.
So, grab your favorite magazine (Cosmo) and pull up a chair. Put your feet up and enjoy the magazine while your hands aimlessly dig into the bowl and keep you satisfied.
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Jalapeño Cheddar Cauliflower Fritters with Lemon Tabasco Aioli
- ¾ Cup All Purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- ¼ Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
- 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 Tsp Red Chili Flakes
- 1 teaspoon Oregano
- ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt or as per taste
- 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- ½ Cup Milk
- 2 Cup Cauliflower Florets washed and dried.
- ¼ Cup Chopped and seeded jalapeño
- 1 handful Chopped Cilantro
- 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice about ½ lemon
- ¼ Cup Oil for frying the fritters
Lemon Tabasco Aioli
- 2 tablespoon Avocado Oil Mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice about ½ Lemon
- ½ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
- 4 Cloves Grated Garlic
- ½ teaspoon Brown Sugar
- In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder, grated cheddar cheese, garlic powder, red chili flakes, oregano, kosher salt, and ground black pepper. Mix everything well. Add Milk, cauliflower florets, jalapeño, chopped cilantro and lemon juice. Mix well.
- Heat about 1/4 Cup Oil in a large skillet. Drop tablespoon size of cauliflower fritter batter in oil for frying. Fry each side for 4-5 minutes on low flame until lightly golden brown and crisp. Allow them to cool down on a wire rack.
- Mix all the ingredients for aioli until smooth. Serve your fritters with aioli for dipping. Enjoy!