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Giant baked cauliflower arancini on a plate with a spoon.

Giant Baked Cauliflower Arancini

Teri & Jenny
5 from 3 votes
Servings 5


  • 1 head cauliflower, cleaned and chopped
  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 10 ounces fresh mozzarella, cubed and divided
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 ½ tablespoons melted butter, cooled
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • marinara sauce for serving


  • Preheat oven to 375˚F.
  • Place cauliflower pieces into a food processor and pulse until finely “riced”.
  • Place a skillet over medium heat and add oil.
  • Once skillet is hot add cauliflower and garlic and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Transfer cauliflower mixture onto a clean piece of cheesecloth and squeeze as much liquid from the cauliflower as possible.
  • Transfer drained cauliflower to a mixing bowl and add Parmesan, cream cheese, egg yolks, and salt and pepper and stir until completely combined.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Remove mixture from refrigerator and take ⅔ cup of the mixture and slightly flatten into your palm. Add 2 ounces of cheese into the center and completely seal cheese in the center and roll cauliflower mixture into a ball. Set aside and repeat until all the mixture and cheese have been used.
  • In a shallow baking dish combine the panko breadcrumbs and melted butter until well combined. Set aside.
  • Dredge each cheese stuffed ball into the flour until completely coated, (shaking off any excess), followed by the beaten eggs and finally into the panko breadcrumbs.
  • Lightly season each coated cauliflower ball with salt and place onto a lightly greased baking sheet, about 1 inch apart.
  • Bake the arancini for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and cheese in the center of each ball has melted.
  • Remove from heat and serve with marinara sauce and more grated Parmesan, if desired. Serve.
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