Loaded Cauliflower Hashbrowns

Everyone loves a hashbrown for breakfast, but wait until you taste a cauliflower hashbrown – a little lighter but full of flavor!

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Loaded Cauliflower Hashbrowns

  • Prep Time: 15 m
  • Cook Time: 20 m
  • Total Time: 35 m
  • Servings:
    8

Ingredients

  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon diced
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • ½ cup finely diced onion
  • ½ cup finely diced red and green bell pepper
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup chickpea, almond, or all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the air fryer to 400°F.
  2. Air-fry the bacon and onion for 8 to 10 minutes, until the bacon is crispy, shaking the basket a few times during the cooking process. (Add a little water to the air fryer drawer if the bacon grease starts to smoke.)
  3. Grate the head of cauliflower with a box grater or finely chop it in a food processor. You should have about 3½ cups. Place the cauliflower in the center of a clean kitchen towel and twist it to squeeze all the water out. (This can be done in two batches to make it easier to drain all the water from the cauliflower.)
  4. Place the cauliflower in a large bowl and add the bacon, onions, peppers, egg, flour, Cheddar cheese, paprika, salt and pepper. Mix until well combined. Shape the mixture into 8 oval shaped patties and freeze for at least 1 hour.
  5. Pre-heat air fryer to 400°F.
  6. Spray or brush the air fryer basket with a little oil. Air-fry the hash browns in batches for 10 minutes, turning them over halfway through the cooking process. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
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  1. 5 stars
    They’re good as is, but I thought of a way to better fit them into my eating style. I’m a hopeless snacker, so here’s what I did. I omitted the bacon and added a variety of vegetables with the peppers, like chopped pea pods that were in the frig. Then I took a 1″ scoop and made appetizer size bites. Still gave a spray of oil. I made some in the air fryer and some in the oven for 10 minutes, turned them over because I love crispy or crunchy edges, then did another 5-10 minutes. Both methods turned out good. Now I can’t sit down without popping a couple in my mouth. No guilt. This will be my new Happy Hour treat for the girls. Thank you, Meredith!

  2. I made these today and will never buy the store Cauliflower hash browns again!
    These are amazing! I added sliced green onions and garlic powder along with the other ingredients. I put in the air fryer on the middle shelf at first but then moved up to the top shelf and air fried for a total of 15 minutes.

    1. Yes, you can use almond flour or any type of flour you like. There is actually a comma missing in the recipe it should read almond, chickpea or all-purpose flour. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

    1. You could use frozen cauliflower but you may need to add a little extra flour to absorb the moisture. Let the cauliflower thaw at room temperature and then place in a clean kitchen towel to squeeze out the liquid. You may be better off using fresh riced cauliflower that you can find in the produce section of most grocery stores.

    1. You can use about 4 cups of grated cauliflower for this recipe. IF using frozen, let it defrost and then squeeze the excess liquid out of the cauliflower.

  3. 5 stars
    These are great . Is it possible to freeze for later use. If so , how long will they last in freezer.

    1. Hi Brad. You could cook them all the way through and then freeze them. Store them in an freezer bag with as much of the air removed as possible. If stored properly, they should be fine for up to three months in the freezer. Then, re-heat them from frozen in the air fryer – 350˚F for about 8 to 10 minutes or until warmed right through.

  4. I can’t wait to try these. I don’t have an air fryer. On what temp & how long should these be baked in the oven?

    1. Hi Angie.These are really best if made in an air fryer – they really need that super-heated air blowing at them to get a little crispy on the outside. If you have a convection setting on your oven, you can try that. I would put the par-frozen hashbrowns on a rack over a baking sheet and set the oven to 425˚F. Allow for 10 to 15 minutes, turning them over part way through.

    1. Hi Tammy. These are really best if made in an air fryer – they really need that super-heated air blowing at them to get a little crispy on the outside. If you have a convection setting on your oven, you can try that. I would put the par-frozen hashbrowns on a rack over a baking sheet and set the oven to 425˚F. Allow for 10 to 15 minutes, turning them over part way through.

    1. Hi Karen. Yes, you certainly can fry these on the stove or in an electric skillet using a little vegetable oil.

      ML

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