You do not want to know how much cauliflower I have eaten over how many months to get this recipe right. Turns out, acheiving an almost 'deep fried' cauliflower result without actually deep frying cauliflower - not so easy! But, lucky for me (and you!) I think I pretty much cracked it, well, very close to! I was just trying to make a yummy battered cauliflower side that would go well in a nourish bowl, that lead to creating the dip (plant based whole-food mayo) and then... TACOS. Yum! So that's the story. At the moment, Melbourne is back in lockdown so even if you have the ingredients on hand for 1 of these elements, it'll be worth it. I have included some extra 'cooks notes' at the end of this post that I hope helps with this! As always, any questions.. send them my way. I will answer as best I can! Enjoy. Stay safe. x Harry
Makes about 10 tacos Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Crispy Cauliflower: 1 head cauliflower 3 - 4 tablespoons hulled tahini 1/2 cup plant-based milk (I used oat) 2 teaspoons garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon each smoked paprika, ground cumin, chilli powder Chipotle Mayo: 1 cup cashews juice of 1 lemon 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 2 teaspoons garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon chipotle sauce or spice To serve: 1/2 cup purple saurkraut or shedded purple cabbage 1/2 cup corrinder leaves, roughly chopped 1 ripe avocado, finely sliced 10 mini tortillas of choice (I used GF, corn would be best) 1 lemon or lime to serve, sliced
Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celcius, fan forced (or equivalent). Cover cashews in boiling water and set aside to soak while you prepare the cauliflower.
For the cauliflower, combine all ingredients except your cauliflower in a bowl or jug and blend together using an imersion blender until super smooth and creamy.
Break cauliflower into florets.
Coat cauliflower florets in the batter.
Line two baking trays with baking paper. Spread the cauliflower out over the two trays and bake for 40 minutes or until golden and crispy.
While your cauliflower cooks, make the chipotle mayo by draining and rinsing your cashews. Add these to a blender with 1/3 cup water and the remainder of the chipotle mayo ingredients. Blend until super smooth and creamy. (You could also use an imersion blender for this part)
Heat tortillas. Either asemble tacos or, this recipe also makes a great serve yourself share meal.
Enjoy! If you liked this recipe, there are over 250 more to discover here and in both my recipe books HERE.
Cooks notes: Soaking cashews in boiling water for 10 - 20 minutes is a shortcut to soften cashews for sauces. If you have the time and space and are planning ahead you can soak them in cold water over night to acheive an even 'creamier' mayo! Just make sure to rinse them well after soaking either way! You can also use a bullet type blender or a good quality smoothie blender or food processor for the cauliflower batter. The thickness of the sauce will depend on the thickness of the hulled tahini you use. If your tahini is very thin you may want to add a little at a time until you aheive the desired thickness. It the time of photographing the process of this recipe corriander was out of season. I used parsley to show what it would look like but corriander would be best for flavour. If you don't like corriander you could omit a herb or replace it with fresh chilli, lime, fresh tomatoes, or anything that goes well with mexican flavours. Limes are great with this recipe but lemons work well too. Ovens vary so set yours to the equivilent of 180 degrees celcius fan foroced. If you need to, leave the cauliflower in for a few minutes longer to really crisp them up. These cauliflower 'nuggets' are delicious on their own, dipped into the mayo or served in a nourish bowl! The cauliflower is best served hot. All of the rest is easily prepared ahead of time. But I recomend putting the cauliflower in to bake 40 minutes brefore serving the tacos or enjoying as a snack dipped in the chipotle mayo. The chipotle mayo is so versatile. It is also delicious in a burrito, served with potato wedges and on top of a nourish bowl or simply served with cornchips as a delicious dip.