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Ham & Cheese Cauliflower Fritters

Surprisingly delicious, this cauliflower recipe is one side dish you need to try soon. Ham & Cheese Cauliflower Fritters as the name suggest is a fritter dish that is made with cauliflower, ham, bacon and cheese, served as a side dish, starter or even as snack.

Do you have the same problem like us? When you buy cauliflower only half of it is used? First world problems, usually the cauliflower sold here in NZ Supermarkets are one whole piece and usually they are huge so we only end up using half of it which we usually use on stir fried veggies like chopseuy. So, if you have the same issue what do you do with the other half? Well for me before it goes stale on the vegetable bun until recently when I tried making this side dish and it was a huge success. It’s just a simple fritter, made with cauliflower off course where ham, bacon and cheese are added to give it nice flavours, that is as basic as it can get but this recipe is quite flexible, you can add whatever you think will be a good mix for cauliflower like smoked salmon or even go full vegetarian by omitting the meats and use corn or mushrooms instead.

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Ham & Cheese Cauliflower Fritters

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Freestyle


Ham & Cheese Cauliflower Fritters as the name suggest is a fritter dish that is made with cauliflower, ham, bacon and cheese, served as a side dish, starter or even as snack.


Units Scale
  • 1 medium head cauliflower, approx. 400 grams, cut into florets
  • 1/2 cups ham, roughly chopped
  • 3 strips bacon rashers, chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • oil


  1. Boil water in a pot enough to cook the cauliflower, once boiling add cauliflower then cook for 5 minutes. Remove from pot, drain then set is aside.
  2. Place cauliflower in a food processor then process until finely chopped. Remove cauliflower from the food processor then place it in a paper towel lined plate, place another paper towel on top then let is sit for 30 minutes, this makes sure the paper towel absorbs the extra moisture.
  3. Transfer the cauliflower to a large bowl then add the eggs, cheese, ham, bacon, flour, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine.
  4. Line a platter with wax/baking paper. Using 4 tablespoons of the mixture at a time, form into small patties (5 inches in diameter and ½ inch thick) then place it on the platter, this will make around 8 patties. Refrigerate patties for an hour to firm up.
  5. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat, add and heat oil for pan frying. Gently place the cauliflower patties then cook for 4-5 minutes per side until nicely browned.
  6. Remove from pan then place in a paper towel lined plate to absorb excess oil, serve while hot.

View Comments

  • These are perfect! The flavors and textures together — and that beautiful golden-brown crust? Just gorgeous. Definitely making these soon!

  • This looks great! I've had fritters on the brain lately, and these look so tasty. Plus they look fabulous! Thanks.

  • This sounds like a fantastic way to use leftover cauliflower - well done! And with the bits of ham in there, I could see this being a great use of leftover ham around the holiday season, too.

  • Cauliflower really can do anything! I'd love to put these in a sandwich and grill it like a Croque Monsieur.

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