Savory Cauliflower Cake
From EatingWell: January/February 2014
This healthy, savory cauliflower cake recipe falls somewhere between a quiche and a meatless meatloaf. Garbanzo bean flour adds nutty flavor plus protein to make the cake a satisfying vegetarian main dish recipe. The flavor is best when the cake is warm or at room temperature, so it’s an ideal choice for a buffet.
- 1 medium head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), trimmed and broken into small florets
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 3/4 teaspoon caraway seed, ground or crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
- 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
- 3/4 cup garbanzo bean flour (see Tip)
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour blend
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 6 large eggs
- 1 jarred roasted red pepper, rinsed and chopped (about 1/2 cup)
- 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, divided
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper.
- Bring about 1 inch of water to a boil in a large pot fitted with a steamer basket. Add cauliflower and steam until tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until tender and golden, about 8 minutes. Add caraway seed, coriander, crushed red pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Gently stir in the steamed cauliflower, doing your best not to break up the florets, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes to combine the flavors.
- Whisk garbanzo bean flour, all-purpose flour (or gluten-free blend), baking powder and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Whisk eggs in a large bowl until mixed. Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the eggs and whisk to combine and eliminate most of the lumps. Stir in roasted red pepper, feta and 2 tablespoons dill. Add the cauliflower mixture and gently stir to combine. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
- Bake until the top is golden and the cake is set, 35 to 45 minutes. Let cool to warm; remove the pan sides and the parchment. Serve warm or at room temperature, garnished with the remaining 1 tablespoon dill.
Tips & Notes
- Garbanzo bean flour, made from ground dried garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas), is a gluten-free flour used in many traditional Middle Eastern recipes. Look for it in natural-foods stores and/or in well-stocked supermarkets in the gluten-free section. Once opened, store airtight in the freezer.
Per serving: 187 calories; 9 g fat (4 g sat, 4 g mono); 152 mg cholesterol; 15 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 3 g total sugars; 11 g protein; 2 g fiber; 563 mg sodium; 296 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (39% daily value), Folate (24% dv)
Carbohydrate Servings: 1
Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 medium-fat meat, 1/2 fat
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- Total Time
- More than 1 hour
- 8 or more
- Main Ingredient
- Type of Dish
- Main dish, vegetarian
- Ease of Preparation
- January/February 2014