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popcorn cauliflower

Panko and Asiago Crusted Popcorn Cauliflower

  • Author: Loreto Nardelli
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 people 1x


So many great things you can do with a head of cauliflower! We turned this humble vegetable into an enjoyable experience: beautiful morsels of crispy, crunchy, cheesy, baked popcorn cauliflower. A dip on the side and your Panko and Asiago Crusted Popcorn Cauliflower appetizer is served!




  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 2 eggs
  • a pinch of salt and pepper
  • a pinch of paprika
  • a dash of onion powder
  • a dash of garlic powder
  • 1 cup Panko crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Italian-style bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Asiago
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano

Dipping sauce:

  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce



  1. Trim leaves off of cauliflower. Cut cauliflower into small pieces, wash and drain well.
  2. In a bowl crack eggs in and beat well.
  3. Add salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika. Mix well.
  4. In another bowl, combine panko crumbs, Italian bread crumbs, grated Asiago, and Parmigiano.
  5. Take cauliflower pieces and place in egg wash.
  6. Drain excess egg and place cauliflower into crumb mixture.
  7. Coat well and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  8. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  9. Place cauliflower into the oven and bake till golden brown, approximately 15-20 minutes.

Dipping sauce:

  1. In a bowl mix mayo and sweet chili sauce, then squeeze sriracha on top of mayo sweet chili sauce mixture.
  2. Take cauliflower out of the oven and place it in a dish with a small ramekin of the dipping sauce by its side.
  3. Ready to serve.


If you have some leftover you can freeze them and reheat them in the oven when you're ready to use them again.

  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: ovenbaked
  • Cuisine: vegetarian

Keywords: cauliflower, panko crumbs, Italian style breadcrumbs, Asiago cheese, Parmigiano cheese, eggs, oven baked, vegetarian, appetizer, oven baked,

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