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Sun’s up and the day is full of possibilities. But if we want to make a good morning great, fitting in a nutritious breakfast is a must—enter these Minnie Cauliflower Hash Browns!
One of my happiest childhood memories is meeting Minnie Mouse herself on Main Street, U.S.A. during my very first trip to Disneyland Resort. Fun, sweet, and oh so stylish, I remember how she welcomed me with open arms and made me feel so excited for what the day had in store. For my little one, I wish that all mornings could start off that magical!
Like her mom, my daughter is sunshine and smiles for all things Minnie Mouse. Inspired by her iconic style, I created this fun recipe for us to enjoy on days when we’re looking to add a dash of charm and good nutrition to our a.m. routine.
Cauliflower hash browns are a modern twist on everyone’s favorite breakfast side dish. They’re also super easy to make. If you know you’re going to be tight on time, you can even mix the ingredients together the night before so all you have to do is fry them up come morning—a definite parenting win!
I love making this recipe on the weekends, having my family gather around the kitchen to help add Minnie’s bow. Served crispy golden brown and topped with Simply HEINZ Ketchup, these hash browns are almost too adorable to eat!
For a Minnie-approved hash brown of your own, be sure to grab some Simply HEINZ Ketchup, which is made with real, simple ingredients and no high-fructose corn syrup.
Minnie Cauliflower Hash Browns
- 1 pound store-bought cauliflower rice or pearls
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/4 Cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
- 3/4 Tsp onion powder
- Non-stick cooking spray
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 10 Tsps Simply HEINZ Ketchup
- MATERIALS: Minnie Mouse and Bow Cutter, flat griddle, toothpicks
All cutting and stove top cooking should be done by an adult. Also, we recommend a serving size of 1 hash brown per person.
Cook the Cauliflower: Place the cauliflower rice or pearls in a large mixing bowl, then microwave it on high for 8 minutes. Allow the cauliflower to cool until you can easily handle it. Place it on top of 2 sturdy paper towels, add 2 more on top, and squeeze out any excess moisture. You should now have about 1 1/2 cups of strained cauliflower.
Make the Hash Brown Mix: Combine the cauliflower, eggs, breadcrumbs, and onion powder together until everything is just incorporated.
Shape the Hash Browns: Spray the Minnie Cutter evenly with non-stick spray, both inside and out. Place olive oil on a flat griddle over medium heat. Place the cutter on the griddle, with the metal side in contact with the pan. Place a heaping 1/4 cup of the cauliflower mixture into the Minnie Cutter, then flatten the mixture evenly with the backside of a teaspoon. If you need to, rotate the pan to help with flattening the mixture to the edges of the cutter. Repeat this process to make 5 hash browns.
Cook the Hash Browns: Cook each for 2-3 minutes on one side until lightly golden brown, then slip the Minnie Cutter off and flip the hash brown over to cook the other side for another 1-2 minutes.
Decorate the Hash Browns: Place a Minnie Bow Cutter atop the center of the hash brown.
Add 2 teaspoons of Simply HEINZ Ketchup inside the cutter and smooth to the edges with a toothpick. Remove the cutter and enjoy.
Alternative Directions: If you don’t have a Minnie and Bow Cutter, follow this hack! Measure 2 tablespoons of hash brown mix for Minnie’s head, then roll it into a ball. Place it on a small piece of parchment paper, greased with non-stick spray.
Measure 1 tablespoon for both of Minnie’s ears, then roll each into a ball. Place on the parchment paper to the right and left of the larger ball.
Grease the bottom of a drinking glass. Flatten the large ball (Minnie’s head) to a 2 1/2” flat round, then flatten each ear to a 1 1/2” flat round. Use your fingers to connect the ears to the head.
Use the parchment to help flip the shaped hash browns onto a hot griddle. Follow Step 4 to cook the hash browns. Draw a Minnie bow on the finished hash browns using a sandwich bag filled with ketchup and a toothpick. Use it as a piping bag—snip a corner off, make an outline of the bow, add a dollop of ketchup in the middle, then spreading it with the toothpick.