Monday, January 11, 2016

Cauliflower Scallion and Cilantro Pancakes

I've been reading a lot about Cauliflower Pizza Crusts and Cauliflower Tortillas, so today I decided to join in and I made a variation on Chinese Scallion Pancakes. It was amazing! This is such a simple recipe and requires very few ingredients - basically Cauliflower and Scallions and Eggs. I added some Cilantro and my son requested some Ham in his, so I added that to his half of the recipe. There's no oil and just a little bit of salt is added for seasoning. Many recipes call for cooking the Cauliflower in the microwave for 2 minutes. If you have a problem with that, you can steam the Cauliflower like I did for 5 minutes once it is already chopped up. The texture is much better if you chop it first. These Savory Pancakes bake in the oven on parchment and take only 15 - 20 minutes. This is an easy, delicious and very healthy snack!

Cauliflower Scallion and Cilantro Pancakes

1 head of Cauliflower, cut into florets
1/4 cup chopped Scallions (Green Onions)
1/4 cup chopped Cilantro
2 Eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon Salt
Optional:  1/4 - 1/2 cup chopped Ham

Line two baking pans with Parchment Paper. Place Cauliflower in a food processor and chop into very small pieces. Or, use a knife and chop finely. Place in a bowl in a steamer and cook for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oven to 400 degrees.  Remove the Cauliflower from the steamer and add in the Cilantro, Scallions, Salt and Egg - add Ham if desired. Scoop an ice cream ball sized amount of Cauliflower Mixture onto the parchment. Press down with a spatula to make about a 3 1/2 to 4 inch circle. Then use the spatula to pull back the edges to make a neat circle.  Repeat 3 more times for one sheet and 4 more times for the second sheet.  Place into the oven for 10 minutes, moving the bottom pan to the top and the top to the bottom at 5 minutes. The bottom of the Pancakes should be browned. If they are not, leave in for a few more minutes. Take out of the oven and turn over carefully with a wide, thin spatula. If they break apart, just pus them back together. Return the pans back to the oven and cook for an additional 5 - 7 minutes or until the other side is browned.  Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Five Element Analysis

Cauliflower is one of the few Metal Vegetables and the Scallions and Cilantro add even more. So this is a very Metallic snack!  The Eggs and Ham contribute the Water Element but all the other Elements are missing except for the fact that Cilantro also contributes a bit of the Wood Element too. I drank hot tea with these Savory Pancakes, so that added the Fire Element.  But, I also made sure to eat some Wood and Earth foods later.

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