cheese-stuffed cauliflower radish rice balls {sides}

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I’m sure most of you have seen the cauliflower rice craze that has been going around.  Cauliflower has become the answer to carbs, for those trying to lose weight or avoid gluten.  I jumped onto that train about a year ago – still trying to perfect my cauliflower crust pizza, grilled cheese and breadsticks – but today I am sharing my latest creation — the Cheese-stuffed Cauliflower + Radish Rice Balls… not the simplest name but a very delicious side or snack!

cauliflower radish cheese rice balls

Cauliflower rice is SO simple and I love that the cauliflower does not need to be cooked in advance.  This means that the recipes are always pretty quick.  Simply palm the head of the cauliflower and smash it down on your countertop (really!) stem side down.  This breaks apart the florets pretty well in minimal time.  Then toss them into your food processor and pulse away (I will get to my favorite food processor in a minute).

cauliflower rice balls radish arancini

I wanted to do something a bit different for these cheese-stuffed rice balls (not unlike arancini) so I threw some radishes into the food processor as well.  I loved the vibrant color they added and that bold, crisp flavor… an extra dimension this recipe needed.  I kept the ratio heavily favored on the cauliflower though so my kids (including a picky toddler) would still gobble them up — and they did.

cauliflower and radish rice balls #intheknowmom

Rolled in panko, these little balls of yum are super crispy on the outside, even though they are baked and not fried!  There isn’t much better than crunching through the outside to an ooey gooey cheesey center!

cauliflower radish rice ball arancini #intheknowmom

We had these rice balls for dinner last night as a side to some delicious local BBQ ribs.  The rice balls are also a favorite around our house for snacks — kids love them!  They are like a mix between arancini and your classic mozz stick — but with a lot of veggies in disguise!

cheese-stuffed cauliflower radish rice balls #intheknowmom

Cheese-stuffed Cauliflower Radish Rice Balls

coconut cooking spray
1 medium cauliflower
1 bunch radishes, trimmed, bulbs only
2 eggs
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 cup fresh parmesan, grated
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
salt and pepper
fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
1 cup panko breadcrumbs, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray a metal baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a food processor, pulse cauliflower and radish until it resembles rice.
  3. In a large bowl combine the cauliflower/radish rice with parmesan, eggs, spices and 1/2 cup breadcrumbs.
  4. Place the remaining 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl with salt and pepper.
  5. Roll a Tbl of the mixture in a ball.  Depress the center with your finger and insert a cheese cube.  Form the mixture back over the cheese.  Toss in the breadcrumbs until evenly coated.  Place onto baking sheet.  Repeat. Repeat and so on.
  6. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until toasty brown.


The Hamilton Beach Stack & Snap 10 Cup Food Processor has become a very close, personal friend of mine in the kitchen.  I’ve actually been without a food processor for maybe a year now (my last one broke). I have been forced to use my blender for tasks better suited for the food processor with varying results, so I’m relieved to give the blender a break.

The Stack & Snap has a simplified design, making it easy to use.  I remember my last one was pretty tricky.  I had to slide this way and that to lock it, which I could never get right away.   This one you simply stack and snap.

hamilton beach 10 cup food processor snap and stack

You can chop, slice, shred, mix and puree just about anything with the powerful 450 Watt motor… it is a work horse!  It also features a Big Mouth® feed tube so you don’t have to preslice too much — time saver.

hamilton beach stack and snap food processor review

And OH!!  Hamilton Beach addressed my most hated aspect of the food processor — when you tip the cup to pour out your food and the blade dumps into the bowl as well, splashing hot liquids or spraying shredded foods all over your kitchen.  Not with the Stack & Snap!

The Stack & Snap 10 Cup Food Processor rings in at an affordable $59.99 and even features cord storage – great for those of us who love streamlined counters and cabinets!


What do you make with your food processor?


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