Hemp Heart-Crusted Cauliflower

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Hemp Heart-Crusted Cauliflower
By @thefoodietakesflight

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Serves 3 to 4

2 medium heads cauliflower (900g)

3/4 cup all purpose flour or GF flour like buckwheat as needed
1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp @suncorefoods rose salt
1 cup room temp. water, add 1-2 tbsp water as needed

1 1/4 cup @suncorefoods hulled hemp hearts/seeds
1 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 tsp paprika powder
Dash of black pepper
Pinch of cayenne powder, optional

For serving
Vegan mayo with some chopped dill
Lime, for squeezing

Steps (baking options below)
In a bowl, mix the ingredients for the batter until it turns into a smooth, thick consistency. If you think the batter is too thick, add 1-2 tbsp more water and mix.
Evenly coat the florets in the batter. You can do this in batches.
In another bowl or plate, add in the hemp hearts, bread crumbs, paprika, pepper, and cayenne, if using.
Place each floret from the batter into the breadcrumb mixture. Coat well and press down the bread crumbs on the cauliflower.
Heat a pan with some oil. Once really hot (you can add in some bread crumbs to test the heat—it will start to bubble once hot), place the florets and cook until golden brown, moving it around on each side every 2 minutes or so.
Once golden brown, set aside on a strainer to drain excess oil.

Baking option: Heat oven to 350F. Bake the cauliflower for 35-40 minutes or until crisp. Flip halfway through cooking.