A few months ago, I decided to try my hand at growing cauliflower. Only one snowy head grew, and it was infested with bugs. :( I will do more research for better success next time. However, all is not lost! My neighbor was admiring my little garden, and pointing to the cauliflower leaves, asked if I was growing kale. That's when I decided to find out if I could eat cauliflower leaves. And the answer is, yes, I can.
My first experiment was a stir fry. Instead of cutting the leaves from my plant, I pulled the little leafy parts from a head of cauliflower I bought at the store (the part I usually throw away). I chopped those up and stir fried them with carrots and onions, with some herbs and fresh lemon juice. Delicious. Then I researched (which, of course, means I googled it).
I found a recipe for Cauliflower Leaf Spirals and decided to attempt to modify it for Paleo. It was good, but I'm not sure I'm done tinkering with it. I share with you my experiment:
|First, I cut six healthy leaves from the cauliflower plant.|
|I made the paste-like filling (recipe below).|
|I cut the leaves in half, lengthwise, then spread the filling.|
|After the leaves are stacked in fours, roll tightly, and steam.|
|Once steamed, cool and slice into spirals.|
|Fry in coconut oil.|
I wish I'd fried them a little longer. The leaves become deliciously crispy as they're fried. The coconut flour makes a perfect texture for the filling, but as coconut flour tends to do, it does suck the moisture from your mouth. I believe combining the coconut flour with mashed cauliflower or butternut might be good.
Cauliflower Leaf Spirals
6 large cauliflower leaves
1/2 c. coconut flour
1/2 t. chili powder
1/2 t. curry powder
1/2 T. sesame seeds
1 c. water
Coconut oil for frying
Wash the leaves, then slice lengthwise, removing the center rib. Combine the dry ingredients, then stir in water until the mixture becomes paste-like.
Spread the filling on each leaf half, then stack four of them together. Roll tightly. Steam for 6 minutes in the microwave. Let cool. Slice into spirals (I did three spirals per roll). Fry in coconut oil until golden brown. Makes a very lovely appetizer.