Fried Cauliflower (Vyprážaný Karfiol)

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Ingredients: cauliflower, eggs, flour, bread crumbs, potatoes and vegetables for the side
Prep Time: 30 minutes

In this recipe, I show you how to make vyprážaný karfiol, meaning fried cauliflower. This is one of the most popular Slovak vegetarian dishes. It’s totally delicious and super easy to make! Just as with any dish involving frying, be careful when dealing with hot oil so you don’t burn yourself.

Start off by peeling potatoes and slicing them into cubes. Let them boil in salted water while you go about making the main dish. It’s so hard to believe that potatoes are relative newcomers to European cuisine. It seems that just about every Slovak dish starts with peeling potatoes…

breaking up cauliflower cooking cauliflower
Wash the cauliflower (karfiol) and separate into individual florets (ružičky). Bring a pot of salted water to boil and cook the pieces for about 2 minutes.

breading station cauliflower frying
Then drain the water and let the cauliflower cool for few minutes. In the mean-time, prepare your “breading station”: a bowl of flour, a bowl of salted beaten eggs, and another bowl of bread crumbs. Heat up oil. A neat trick to check if the oil is hot enough is to drop a bread crumb into it. If the bread crumb starts sizzling, the oil is good to go. Coat each floret in the flour, in eggs and finally in the bread crumbs, and fry on each side for some 5 minutes.

fried cauliflower
Serve with mashed potatoes and side vegetables (obloha). To get that traditional home-cooked taste, top the mashed potatoes with little bit of oil from the frying pan. Yummie!