How to Make: Crispy Oven Baked Popcorn Cauliflower

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Are you guys watching the Oscars tonight? I’m going to try to catch it, but since I haven’t watched many of the movies nominated, I might just be munching on popcorn cauliflower, sans Oscar. I love these cauliflower popcorn guys so much. Almost as much as I love roasted cauliflower, but maybe even a little bit more because I like a little bit of crunch. You have the best of both worlds with these guys: the outsides are crisp and crunchy and the insides are meltingly tender like the roasted cauliflower you know and love. Add in some skinny ranch dip (thanks to the lack of mayo) and you’ve got the best healthy TV watching snack ever!

crispy oven baked popcorn cauliflower with skinny ranch - www.iamafoodblog.com

PS – Who am I kidding anyway? I’m totally going to watch the Oscars, even if it’s just to see the dresses!

Crispy Oven Baked Popcorn Cauliflower
serves 2, generously
prep time: 10 minutes
bake time: 30 minutes
total time: 40 minutes

  • 1 cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 – 1.5 cups panko

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.

Beat the eggs with salt and pepper. Dip the cauliflower bits into the egg, shake off excess and dip into the panko, making sure each floret is coated. Place on prepared parchment paper. Repeat until all of the cauliflower is coated.

Bake for 30-35 mins, or until deeply golden and crunchy. Enjoy hot with skinny ranch for dipping, if desired.

Skinny Ranch Dressing
makes about 1 cup
prep time: 2 minutes
active time: 3 minutes
total time: 5 minutes

  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Mix all ingredients together. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Bite-Sized! Bite-Sized is a recipe series that don’t have any deep and ponderous thoughts: they’re just yummy in my tummy and they can be yummy in yours too. They’re quick and easy recipes that I don’t have much to stay about, but I couldn’t go without sharing the deliciousness. I hope you give them a go!
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