This is a method for making "rice" from cauliflower. If you haven't tried it, you must! It tastes very mild. It can be used under a sauce, such as crab imperial or chicken ala king, or as the base for a dish such as fried "rice" or a "rice" salad. It does NOT work well as a substitute for rice in casseroles where the function of the rice is to absorb liquid. Cauliflower is high in nutrients.
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
1 head cauliflower (or however much you want)
To make this dish the most easily and to have it come out the best, three pieces of equipment are very helpful:
- A food processor
- A microwave
- A covered (or fairly tightly coverable) microwave-safe dish
1) Process fresh cauliflower until it is the size of rice, either using the plain steel blade or the shredder blade. Alternatively, you can shred it with a hand-held grater, or even use a knife, if you have the dexterity to chop it up VERY finely.
2) Microwave it in a covered dish. DO NOT ADD WATER. Cauliflower absorbs water like crazy, and the "granules" will become gummy. To keep it fluffy, just let the moisture in the cauliflower do its work.
Shrimp Fried "Rice"
2 lbs. trimmed cauliflower
4 Tbsp. olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
3-4 cups diced, cooked meat
1 tsp. salt
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Grate the cauliflower using the medium sized holes of a grater. Grate the core too. With your hands squeeze out as much water as you can. This may not be necessary for some cauliflower as they vary in degree of wetness.
Over high heat, heat the oil in a wok or large heavy frying pan and add the garlic. Stir-fry until pale gold. Add the meat and fry until lightly browned. Break in the eggs and fry until softly scrambled. Add the grated cauliflower, sprinkle with salt and stir and fry until itâ€™s tender-crisp, about 5-8 minutes. The length of time will depend on the cauliflower.
Stir in the green onion and pepper. Check the seasoning and serve.
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