Savory Spaghetti Squash Cakes with Poached Eggs and Harissa + a Cookbook Giveaway

A savory, gluten-free griddle cake recipe made with garlic-infused spaghetti squash laced with chives and coriander and topped with spinach, harissa, and poached eggs for a simple one-dish meal.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: The Bojon Gourmet

Ingredients

For the cakes:

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (about 3 pounds), halved and seeded
  • olive oil, as needed
  • fine sea or kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 2 large cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3/4 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup┬á + 2 tablespoons brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup sweet white rice flour (mochiko)
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ghee or sunflower oil, for frying the cakes (as needed)

For the poached eggs and garnish:

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (or another neutral vinegar)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup lightly packed spinach leaves, washed and spun dry
  • a few handfuls cilantro leaves, washed and dried
  • a few tablespoons of store-bought harissa

Instructions

Roast the squash:

  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375┬║Sprinkle the squash lightly with salt and pepper. Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet and place the squash cut-side down. Tuck a garlic clove under each squash. Roast the squash until strands pull away from the skin and are al dente, 25-30 minutes. Let cool, reserving the garlic. Use a fork to gently scrape up the strands. Measure out 3 cups and set aside the rest for another use (such as putting in your face).
  • Place the squash strands in the center of a clean towel, roll it up, and wring out the liquid.

Make the batter:

  • In a small skillet set over a medium flame, toast the coriander, shaking the pan occasionally, until it smells toasty, 1-2 minutes. Cool, then grind with a mortar and pestle or a clean spice or coffee grinder.
  • In a large bowl, mash the roasted garlic cloves, then whisk in the egg. Add the squash strands, chives, coriander, flours, Parmesan, and 3/4 teaspoon salt, and stir to combine. The mixture should hold together, but still be a little wet and sticky. If it's too wet, add 1 tablespoon brown rice flour at a time until it holds together. (I added an additional 4 tablespoons.)

Cook the cakes:

  • In a large skillet set over a medium flame, add enough ghee or oil to the pan to form a thin film, a couple tablespoons or so. When it shimmers, drop 1/4 cup portions of batter in the pan, spacing well apart, and flatten each into a disk. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, until golden and cooked through. Remove to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter.

Poach the eggs:

  • Fill a skillet with 2 inches of lightly salted water and bring to a boil. Crack the eggs into 4 separate small cups or bowls. Add the vinegar to the water, reduce the heat to hold the water at a bare simmer. Holding a cup close to the surface of the water, slip in an egg. Repeat with the remaining eggs, placing them well apart. Cook for 4 minutes for a medium poach. Slip a slotted spoon under each egg to make sure they aren't sticking to the pan, and remove to drain on paper towels.

Serve the cakes:

  • Top one or two cakes with a smear of harissa, a bit of spinach and cilantro, and a poached egg. Drizzle with olive oil, chives, pepper, and a pinch of flaky salt if you like, and repeat with the remaining ingredients. Serve immediately.

Notes

Adapted from Smitten with Squash by Amanda Paa.
Amanda's recipe originally calls for a gluten-free flour blend that contains xanthan gum. I played fast and loose with the flours and nixed the gum, as written here. Feel free to make this with Cup 4 Cup flour, which Amanda used to test her recipes. If gluten isn't an issue for you, trade the flours here for 3/4 cup all-purpose.
Nutritional values are based on one of four servings.

Nutrition

Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 222mg | Sodium: 413mg | Potassium: 486mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 33.5% | Vitamin C: 13.3% | Calcium: 19.2% | Iron: 13.8%
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