#SundaySupper is here today with a menu of Regional Specialities from around the country and around the world. I’m adding a bit of Maryland’s favorite spice to a family-favorite side dish recipe with these Old Bay Cauli-Tots.
Old Bay Cauli-Tots
Most people knew that I was not overly excited when we decided to make the move to Maryland. I’d lived in New Jersey my entire life and really never had any intention of leaving. But The Hubby’s old job and future career opportunities had different ideas. And since I was the “portable” spouse with a job at home, it was time to put my big girl pants on and move.
So when I mentioned to anyone that I was moving to Maryland and they could sense my lack of enthusiasm, they tried to appeal to my foodie side. “Maryland? Oh, the crab!” “Well now you ca have all of the crab you want!” “Maryland crab is amazing!” “Those places where the spread the newspaper on the table and dump out a bunch of crabs and you just go at it – so much fun!”
You guys, I don’t like crab. I’ve tried to like crab. I’ve really made a wholehearted effort to embrace the crustacean. I just can’t do it. I’ve had it in cakes. I’ve had it covered in cheese. I’ve had just legs dipped in plenty of melted butter. In fact, I think it was those legs that did me in. One summer my dad’s family had multiple get-togethers where we feasted on snow crab legs. I think I had one leg too many because now I don’t even want to think about crab.
Now Old Bay, that’s a whole different story. Old Bay Seasoning is something I can get behind, and it is definitely much adored around here, and I love it too. Well, as long as you don’t put it on crab. Or cheese doodles, because apparently that’s a thing. But potatoes – check. Cheddar Bay Biscuit – check. These, well, of course…
Because you guys, I Old Bay-ed my cauliflower tots! Yes, it’s Old Bay Cauli-Tots, and they are so good! Speaking of those Cheddar Bay Biscuits, that’s kind of what inspired me to make these. I used to love eating about one too many of those cheesy, buttery pillows of carb-y goodness every time I went to Red Lobster, but since my gluten days are behind me, I needed a replacement. And these totally work. Crispy, cheesy, with that pop of spice that’s really not spicy but just full of flavor. I don’t know that I’ll even both making plain old Baked Cauli-Tots anymore when I can really amp up the deliciousness with the little blue, yellow, and red tin I pull from my pantry.
So while this may not be a traditional recipe from Maryland to go along with the other regional specialties for this week’s theme, since Maryland-ers, and Old Bay fans in general, have a tendency to Old Bay ALL THE THINGS, I figured, hey, why not?!
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Make sure you’ve got what you need:
- 3 cups (about half of a head) shredded cauliflower (see Note)
- 4 oz. (about 1 cup) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup cornmeal, grount oats, or breadcrumbs (I've used almond meal for a low carb option. The tots are not as firm.)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- a few grinds black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
- Preheat your oven to 400°F. Spray a mini muffin tin with oil or coking spray.
- Place the shredded cauliflower in a kitchen towel and squeeze out the excess moisture. Try to get out as much moisture as possible. You may have to do this in batches.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl, and mix together thoroughly. I like to use a fork.
- Using a spoon or scoop, divide the mixture between the muffin cups and press down firmly into the cups.
- Bake at 400°F for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool slightly before using a butter knife to gently remove from the pan.
Enjoy this Old Bay Cauli-Tots recipe!
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- Kentucky Hot Brown Grilled Cheese
- Vermont Meets New Jersey Ultimate Cobb Salad
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- Homemade Ranch Dressing by My Imperfect Kitchen
- Tupelo Honey Key Lime Vinaigrette by Family Around the Table
- Alabama White Barbecue Sauce by Cookin’ Mimi
- Delaware Crabs by Delaware Girl Eats
- JoJo Potatoes by A Mind Full Mom
- Long Beans with Coconut by Food Lust People Love
- Old Bay Cauli-Tots by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Southern Collard Greens by Magnolia Days
- Amish Chicken and Noodles by Palatable Pastime
- Boiled Lobster with Drawn Butter by Taste And See
- Bison Steaks with Cranberry Chimichurri by Tramplingrose
- California Beer Steamed Shrimp by Nosh My Way
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- Mom’s City Chicken by My Life Cookbook
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- Philly Cheesesteak Calzones by Baking Sense
- Polish Boy Sandwich by Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
- Spicy Salmon for Tacos by Hey What’s for Dinner Mom?
- Tex-Mex Slowcooker Chicken and Beef Fajitas by Meal Planning Magic
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- Upside Down Angel Food Cupcakes by Cooking With Carlee
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- Florida Key Lime Cream Pie by The Crumby Cupcake
- Fried Biscuits by Angels Home Sweet Homestead
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- Shoofly Pie by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
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