Cauliflower & cheese fritters with warm pepper relish

Cauliflower & cheese fritters with warm pepper relish

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr, 20 mins


Serves 5
Crispy vegetable fritters with tangy dip that everyone will love - perfect as a summer BBQ side

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal590
  • fat40g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre4g
  • protein20g
  • salt1.01g


    For the fritters

    • 1 cauliflower - you need 350g/12oz



      A brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…

    • 100 g/ 4 oz plain flour
    • 4 eggs, beaten



      The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

    • 100 g/ 4 oz feta cheese, roughly crumbled into small chunks
    • 125g ball mozzarella, torn into small pieces
    • zest 1 lemon, plus wedges to serve



      Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

    • small bunch flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
    • olive oil, for frying
      olive oil

      Olive oil

      ol-iv oyl

      Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

    For the relish

    • 1 onion, chopped



      Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

    • 2 red peppers, chopped
    • small chunk ginger, finely grated



      Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 1 red chilli, chopped (leave the seeds in)
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
      olive oil

      Olive oil

      ol-iv oyl

      Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

    • 2 tsp yellow mustard seed
    • 250 g/ 9 oz tomatoes, roughly chopped if large, left whole if cherry



      A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

    • 50 g/ 2 oz soft light brown sugar
    • 50 ml/ 2 fl oz red wine vinegar
    • 2 tbsp sultana


    1. For the relish, soften the onion, peppers, ginger, garlic and chilli in the oil in a large saucepan. Once softened, add the mustard seeds, tomatoes, sugar and vinegar. Cover and simmer for 30 mins, then uncover and simmer for 10 mins more until soft and sticky rather than too saucy. Turn off the heat and stir in the sultanas. This relish will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to a month.

    2. Boil a large saucepan of water. Quarter the cauliflower and cut away most of the central large stalk. Weigh 350g cauliflower for the recipe and put the rest in the fridge to use another time. Very roughly chop the cauliflower – you should end up with a mix of small florets and some finer bits. Once the water is boiling, add all the cauliflower, cover and cook for 3 mins exactly. Immediately drain, then tip everything back into the saucepan and put back over a low heat, to dry out for a few mins.

    3. Put the flour into a large bowl with plenty of seasoning and gradually whisk in the eggs to make a smooth batter. Stir in the cheeses, lemon zest and most of the parsley, then gently stir in all of the cauliflower.

    4. Pop your oven on low so you can keep the fritters warm while you cook in batches. Place an old sturdy oven tray (anything flimsy might buckle) or a sturdy frying pan or griddle straight onto the barbecue. Wipe with some olive oil, then spoon on some mixture to make roughly 10-12cm round fritters. Fry for 3-5 mins until golden underneath and the batter just looks set on the top, then use a fish slice to flip the fritters over and press down with the back of the slice to squash any big cauliflower bits and flatten the bottoms a bit. Cook again for 3-5 mins until golden, then transfer to a parchment-lined tray and keep warm in the oven while you cook the rest.

    5. To serve, warm up the relish slightly, scatter the fritters with remaining parsley and add some lemon wedges.

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    Comments, questions and tips

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    17th Nov, 2019
    This made an absolutely delicious supper particularly the pepper relish. I think the steps make the recipe sound more complicated than it actually is - just a case if stirring different mixes in different bowls/pans! I loved how gooey the fritters were, they oozed mozzarella and that was after frying them for 2 mins either side then warming through in the oven. Served with some salad on the side. Will certainly make again.
    28th Sep, 2012
    Super easy to make and even better to eat. I added a little chilli salt pepper and a hint of mixed herbs, lovely
    28th May, 2012
    Didn't put cheese in the fritters (due to allergy) but increased the salt and pepper and found that the relish easily made up for tendency to blandness. Used the very 1st of the eggs from our own chickens - much excitement!
    21st Jan, 2012
    Made only the fritters - my 3-year-old daughter loved them. But needed salt and pepper for seasoning - otherwise it would be tasteless. We adults took the fritters as a side dish to a lovely steak.
    11th Dec, 2011
    Only made the relish, which is the recipe i wanted! Really really tasty which we had with burgers! Following day put some of the relish with ham, salad inside a pitta. Gorgeous!
    25th Jul, 2011
    liked this recipe though it is fiddly, would be tempted to make the fritters smaller and use as a starter - the fritters themselves are a bit tasteless with all the taste in the relish
    4th Nov, 2015
    What can i sub for red wine vinegar?
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