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Cauliflower Cakes with Marinara

January 26, 2018 (Last Updated: February 19, 2021)

What’s not to love about these Crispy Cauliflower Cakes with Marinara Sauce? These amazingly easy-to-make, husband-approved Cauliflower Cakes will be one of those sinfully delicious, flavorful. Yet, almost guilt-free snacks you’ll love to eat with your favorite Marinara Sauce.

Yesterday was one of those days I was craving cauliflower, yet I also wanted something snack-orientated. I decided to look at a few recipes on Pinterest but didn’t see much I was interested in snacking on. I was in one of those dipping something in Marinara Sauce moods, so I decided to make these cauliflower cakes and fill my snacking requirements.

 

Cauliflower Cakes with MarinaraLook how crispy and delicious these Cauliflower Cakes look when they come out of the oven. I have to admit I snatched one of the Cauliflower cakes up immediately to test it out as soon as it cooled enough to test. Hit the spot too. The crunchy outside, soft inside, was a perfect texture combination to my taste buds.

 

 

 

 

What's not to love about these Crispy Cauliflower Cakes with Marinara Sauce? These easy to make, husband approved Cauliflower Cakes are delicious!The one thing I love about these Cauliflower Cakes with Marinara Sauce is that I could efficiently serve them just plain Jane with Marinara Sauce or make them look like a fancy eye-catching appetizer for my dinner guests, by simple toppings and garnishes as you can see from the image above and the one below–easy to accomplish either one.

 

 

 

 

Cauliflower Cakes with Marinara

 

 

 

Equipment needed for Cauliflower Cakes with Marinara

  • A steamer pot with the basket
  • Food processor or chopper
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Cheese grater
  • A scooper or large tablespoon
  • Sharp kitchen knife
  • Large or small muffin tins
  • Hot pads
  • Bakers rack

 

 

 

Ingredients you will need for Cauliflower Cakes with Marinara

  • Three cups of cooked cauliflower florets
  • One cup of panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 of a cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/4 of a cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4  cup of sliced scallions 
  • One teaspoon dried Italian herb blend
  • Kosher salt to own taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to own taste
  • Two eggs,  lightly beaten
  • Cooking spray
  • Favorite Marinara Sauce heated

 

 

 

 

Tips on choosing cauliflower:

  • Choosing the right cauliflower: Cauliflower heads should be firm and tightly closed. White varieties should be very pale, with no dark “sunburned” spots. Reject any heads that show signs of softness. That’s the start of spoilage.
  • Storing cauliflower for later use: Though it seems durable, cauliflower is extremely perishable. Keep it tightly wrapped in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.

 

 

 

Time-saving techniques: 

  • If you are running short on time, you can use organic frozen cauliflower to substitute the fresh cauliflower. Just let the cauliflower thaw beforehand or defrost in the microwave oven. That will cut out about 6-8 minutes from the recipe.
  • Some stores even carry the organic frozen riced cauliflower, which will cut out another step in the Cauliflower cake recipe saving 2-3 minutes.
  • Look for grated Pecorino Romano cheese in the deli section at the market to save about 4 minutes on the recipe.

 

 

 

Step by step instructions for Cauliflower Cakes with Marinara

  1. Be sure to Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F ahead of time.
  2. In a food processor or food chopper, chop the cooked cauliflower florets until they are in tiny pieces, do not puree the cauliflower. You are looking for a coarsely grated texture. (see my time-saving tips for the cauliflower cakes.)
  3. In a large glass mixing bowl, combine; cooked and chopped cauliflower, 2 cups of panko breadcrumbs, 1 of a cup of Parmesan-Romano cheese blend, ½ of a cup chopped parsley, ¼ of a cup sliced scallions, Kosher salt to taste, freshly ground black pepper to taste, and three lightly beaten eggs, stir to combine the ingredients.
  4. Pretreat the large or small muffin tins with cooking spray to prevent the cauliflower cakes from sticking.
  5. Scoop an even amount of the cauliflower batter in each small muffin hole and press down to form a little cake. (I filled mine to the top of the shaft with an ice cream scoop.)
  6. Bake in a preheated oven of 400° F for 18-20 minutes, depending on your oven.
  7. Remove the metal muffin tins from the oven and let them slightly cool on the bakers rack or heat resistant surface before removing the cauliflower cakes from the muffin tin. They should quickly come out of the pretreated tin, but if you are having an issue using a teaspoon to lift out the Cauliflower cakes.
  8. Serve with your favorite Marinara Sauce while warm.

 

 

 

 

Crispy Cauliflower Cakes with Marinara Sauce

Cauliflower Cakes with Marinara

hmccallum
Baked cauliflower cakes with marinara sauce are shockingly delicious, perfectly crispy, and lower-carb appetizers your guests will love
4.92 from 24 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 12 People
Calories 114 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 cups Cooked organic cauliflower florets steamed (about 1 large head of cauliflower) see tips on blog
  • 2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup Pecorino Romano cheese see the tips on my blog
  • ½ cup Chopped organic fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup Sliced organic scallions or spring onions
  • 2 teaspoon dried organic Italian herb blend Rosemary, parsley, basil, thyme, oregano, etc
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 large Eggs lightly beaten
  • Cooking spray to pretreat muffin tins
  • 2-3 cups Favorite Marinara Sauce heated

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F
  • In a food processor, process the cooked cauliflower florets until they are in tiny pieces, do not puree the cauliflower. You are looking for a coarsely grated texture.
  • In a large bowl combine; cooked and processed cauliflower, 2 cups of panko breadcrumbs, 1 of a cup of Parmesan-Romano cheese blend, ½ of a cup chopped parsley, ¼ of a cup sliced scallions, Kosher salt to own taste, freshly ground black pepper to own taste, and 3 lightly beaten eggs, stir to combine the ingredients.
  • Pretreat the small muffin tins with cooking spray to prevent the cauliflower cakes from sticking.
  • Scoop an even amount of the cauliflower batter in each small muffin hole and press down to form a small cake. (I filled mine to the top of the hole)
  • Bake in a preheated oven of 400° degrees F for 18-20 minutes depending on your oven.
  • Remove the metal muffin tins from the oven and let them slightly cool on a heat resistant surface before removing the cauliflower cakes from the muffin tin. They should easily come out of the pretreated tin, but if you are having an issue using a teaspoon to lift out the Cauliflower cakes.
  • Serve with your favorite Marinara Sauce while warm.

Notes

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Nutrition

Serving: 01Calories: 114kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 7gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 422mgPotassium: 352mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 516IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 141mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Cauliflower Cakes, Marinara Sauce
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47 Comments

  • Reply
    Beth
    July 29, 2020 at 10:24 am

    These cauliflower cakes were so delicious and tasty! My kids loved these! I Can’t wait to make these again!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      July 30, 2020 at 8:47 am

      That’s so awesome to hear Beth! Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Reply
    Pam Greer
    July 29, 2020 at 9:57 am

    I gave this recipe for cauliflower cakes 5 stars, it definitely deserves it! We have these for lunch any time I buy cauliflower. My husband loves them too!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      July 30, 2020 at 8:46 am

      Thank you so much, Pam!!! They really are yummy and easy to make! So glad you enjoyed the recipe.

  • Reply
    Jordin
    February 11, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Wow, Cauliflower Cakes with Marinara look amazing! Perfectas an appetizer that my entire family will love!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      February 12, 2020 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you, Jordan! Have a great day.

  • Reply
    Katherine
    February 11, 2020 at 9:36 am

    These cauliflower cakes are the cutest! I love the marinara on top for an extra flavor.

  • Reply
    Angela
    February 11, 2020 at 8:14 am

    What an incredible recipe! Love using cauliflower this way. My kids devoured these!! Will definitely make again. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      February 12, 2020 at 2:13 pm

      Thank you, Angela! So thrilled you enjoyed my recipe.

  • Reply
    Helen
    February 11, 2020 at 8:02 am

    These Cauliflower Cakes with Marinara look great! They’d be perfect as part of a lunch buffet. Yum.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      February 12, 2020 at 2:12 pm

      I totally agree with you, Helene!

  • Reply
    Michelle
    February 11, 2020 at 7:10 am

    Cauliflower Cakes with Marinara are a great idea for a healthy snack! I love cauliflower and I’m always looking fro new ways to use it. I will definitely try this one!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      February 12, 2020 at 2:11 pm

      Thank you so much, Michelle! I love that you enjoyed the recipe

  • Reply
    Sonia
    December 13, 2019 at 11:48 am

    Oh wow! I love cauliflower and always looking for new recipes and ideas this cauliflower Cakes with Marinara is just perfect as I made a big batch of marinara sauce. Thanks, I will be making this recipe tomorrow.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      December 13, 2019 at 3:16 pm

      Thanks for dropping by the blog today and leaving wonderful feedback.

  • Reply
    Megan Stevens
    December 13, 2019 at 9:02 am

    These Cauliflower Cakes with Marinara look like a wonderful idea for a holiday appetizer. My whole family is wild about cauliflower, and I love how this taps into traditional comfort foods!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      December 13, 2019 at 3:15 pm

      They would be a fantastic idea for a holiday party and more healthy too. I am so happy to hear your whole family loves it.

  • Reply
    Danielle@wenthere8this.com
    December 13, 2019 at 6:52 am

    This Cauliflower Cakes with Marinara is such an awesome idea! I’m going to visit my mom next week and she is obsessed with making all things cauliflower so I’m going to send this recipe to her.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      December 13, 2019 at 3:11 pm

      Hey there Danielle! I hope she enjoys the recipe! Let me know what she thinks when you get back.

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