Cauliflower Popcorn

This is a classic mom dish… or at least it was in my house growing up so when my now two year old has decided to boycott all things vitamin enriched (i.e. green) I had to think fast on how to spare the poor boy from scurvy.

I figured it had to work. I loved this as a kid making my mom practically make double just to get enough to the dinner table. Not only is cauliflower scrumptious but it really does look like popcorn!


1 head of cauliflower
1 Cup breadcrumbs
2 Tablespoons Margarine
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic


Wash and trim the cauliflower. Cut away the big stalks and stems leaving little, bite-sized florets.

Steam or boil the cauliflower until just fork tender. Plunge into cold water, drain and set aside.

Add the salt, pepper and garlic to the breadcrumbs.

Preheat a large sauté pan to medium and melt the margarine. Add the cauliflower and toss to coat.

Sprinkle over the crumb mixture stirring well to adhere.

Brown the cauliflower to crisp up the crumbs. Shake up the pan to get them popping and golden.

Serve it hot.

Feeds 4 as a snack or a side… (Maybe)

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