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Cauliflower Fritters
© Akiko Ida & Pierre Javelle

Cauliflower Fritters

  • TOTAL TIME: 45 MIN
  • SERVINGS: Makes about 3 dozen fritters
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  • MAKE-AHEAD

To create these wonderful tapas, José Andrés makes a batter with crunchy nubs of chopped cauliflower florets, fries spoonfuls in a skillet and then tops the fritters with yogurt sauce and a dollop of caviar.

  1. 3 large egg whites
  2. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  3. Salt
  4. 6 tablespoons whole-milk yogurt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  6. Salmon caviar, for garnish
  7. 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  8. 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  9. 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  10. 1/2 large head of cauliflower, florets finely chopped (2 cups)
  11. 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for frying
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the cauliflower and cook for 2 minutes. Drain well, then spread the cauliflower on a paper towel–lined baking sheet to cool; pat the cauliflower dry.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 teaspoon of salt with the baking powder, cumin, coriander, pepper and allspice. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt at high speed until firm peaks form. Fold in the cauliflower and the spice mixture.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet. Very lightly oil the skillet. Drop tablespoons of the fritter batter into the skillet and cook over moderately high heat until browned on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to moderate and cook until browned on the other side, about 2 minutes. Transfer the fritters to a large rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining batter, coating the skillet with oil as needed.
  4. In a small bowl, blend the yogurt with the 1 1/2 teaspoons of olive oil and season with salt. Reheat the fritters in the oven, about 2 minutes. Garnish each fritter with 1/2 teaspoon of yogurt sauce and some caviar. Transfer to a platter and serve.
Make Ahead The fritters can be fried earlier in the day and kept at room temperature. Reheat before serving.