I wasn't going to bother with latkes. Since I started this blog my goal has always been to bring something new to the table. Sure, sometimes I make a dish that other people have made, it would be hard to only bring completely original ideas, but the point is to not post a recipe just for the sake of posting a recipe. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of perfectly good latke recipes and I wasn't sure that I had anything to really bring to the latke space, until now.
I was doing my weekly grocery shop, searching Whole Foods for inspiration when the cauliflower rice caught my eye. I haven't googled it, but I'm confident a cauliflower latke exists. After all, we're living in the golden age of cauliflower, where you can substitute cauliflower for prettty much any carbohydrate. But a cauliflower pizza latke. Now that I had to google.
Sure enough, I am a genius. (Half kidding.) They do not exist and far be it from me to deprive God's green earth of one of the greatest food hybrids of all time. No, not the cronut. Not even the cookie shot. Pizza and latkes. You're welcome.
Makes 6 latkes
2 cups cauliflower rice
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
marinara or pizza sauce
about 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
neutral tasting oil for frying
1. Place the cauliflower rice in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 10 minutes. Transfer the cauliflower rice to a nut milk bag, cheesecloth or clean dish towel and allow the cauliflower to cool.
2. When the cauliflower is cool enough to handle, squeeze out all the liquid. You'll want to try to squeeze out about 1/2 cup or more of liquid. Place the cauliflower back in the bowl and add parmesan cheese, egg, oregano, and garlic powder. Mix well.
3. In a large frying pan heat the oil over a high heat.
4. Form the cauliflower mixture into equal size rounds, about the size of the palm of your hand. When the oil is hot enough, add the cauliflower rounds one by one, taking care not to overcrowd the pan. (You may need to cook in batches.) Cook until the underside browns, about 1 minute. Lower the heat to medium and flip the latkes. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of marinara sauce over each latke and use the back of the spoon to spread it around. Top the sauce with mozzarella cheese, then cover the pan and cook until the cheese melts, about 5 minutes. Transfer the latkes to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Serve immediately.