Cauliflower is a magical vegetable. It’s delicious as is – especially roasted – and, just like broccoli, it can be made into a multitude of other shapes. Here, I shaped cauliflower into what I think of as the classic hash brown patty: a slightly rounded rectangle.
I’m a huge fan of hash browns, which is unsurprising, considering my deep love for all things potatoes. So why mess with a good thing? Well, the story starts with, as most of my stories do, an intense craving. It was the middle of the night and for once I didn’t have any potatoes in the pantry. I did, however, have a lonely head of cauliflower just begging to be eaten.
I figured, if broccoli can be made into tots, then cauliflower can be made into hash brown shaped, Canadian cheddar stuffed patties. It totally worked! And even though they didn’t taste like the crispy, crunchy hash brown I was craving, they definitely hit the spot.
And, because cauliflower hash browns aren’t magical enough on their own, I sandwiched two of them together to make a ham and egg breakfast sandwich topped off with a squeeze of sriracha, because sriracha. The only sad thing about this sandwich was that it wasn’t handheld – it was more of a knife and fork kind of affair, especially because of the runny egg. But, I guess in this case, not getting your hands dirty is a good thing!
Cauliflower Hash Brown Recipe
makes 4 hash brown patties
- 2 cups riced cauliflower*
- 2 tablespoons Canadian shredded marble cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons panko or breadcrumbs
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- oil, to pan fry
In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the cauliflower for 2 minutes. Stir and let cool slightly. Stir in the cheese and panko. Season to taste and shape into hashbrown patties.
Heat up a small amount of oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat and fry the patties until golden brown and crispy, flipping as needed.
Note: To rice cauliflower, rinse off the cauliflower and dry very throughly. Cut into small florets and place in a blender or food processor. Pulse until finely chopped.
Cauliflower Hash Brown Breakfast Sandwich Recipe
makes 1 sandwich
- 2 cauliflower hash browns, hot
- 1 slice of Canadian marble cheddar cheese
- 2-3 thin slices of ham
- 1 crispy fried egg
- salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- sriracha, if desired
Layer the cheese, ham, and fried egg on top of one of the cauliflower hash browns. Season with salt and pepper and sriracha, if desired. Enjoy hot!