In America’s quest to kill their daily intake of carbohydrates, cauliflower is getting a lot of play in kitchens across the US. Trader Joes of course is more than willing to play in that space and has produced a line of carb substitute, cauliflower centric items like this pizza crust, mashed and rice cauliflower and more. I figured…”I’ll bite”
What starts out innocently enough as a quick pizza meal for the Hubs and myself on our ever humble grill based pizza stone, turned fairly rapidly into a LUMP. And it was completely due to operator error…aka Moi loaded it up too much.
Because when you take big slices of heavy heirloom tomatoes that are really WET and add HEAVY chicken to that…
And then you add some HEAVY cheese and maybe some bacon and try to cook it, well, not so much…
But adding arugula and avocados and creme fraiche to the top is probably what really pushed the scales…dontcha think?
Everything was cooked it just became a knife and fork pizza!
I tasted the best cole slaw of my young life last week at a location that for the time will remain nameless. Dead simple and anyone could make it. Here’s how.
First I chopped a small head of broccoli and about 1/2 a head of green cauliflower ( because that was the cauliflower color of the week) in the food processor. I also added about a 1/4 of a red onion.
Then I switched blades and sent some carrots and about 18 fairly hefty brussel sprouts to their certain doom.
I added golden raisins and dried cranberries…(maybe 1/2 cup of each)
Then I tossed the whole bowl with cole slaw dressing from your grocer’s refrigerator section. Quick and crunchy too. Also better after the dressing softens the sprouts a little and the flavors mesh. Enjoy!
But the recipe is delicious!
Hard to say if the star of this dish is the bacon or the cheese, but personally, I’m voting for the raclette cheese. A traditional melting cheese, it’s usually used on vegetables and/or potatoes and melted on a brazier.
I browned some onions and steamed cauliflower till it was mashable. Gave it a whazz with the stick blender and added some butter.
Nest layer the mashed cauliflower with the slices of cheese.
Top with crumbled, fresh bacon.
Bake at 425 degrees until bubbly and melts. Great low carb alternative for stuffed baked potatoes!
Not many things are as boring to photograph as cauliflower, however, not many things are as good for you. And as many of you know, we here at Chez Miller have been known to substitute “choufleur” for evil carbs like rice and potatoes as often as possible. I manage to make a substitution about once a week with moderate to enthusiastic praise from the Hubs.
Imagine my surprise however, when he enthusiastically approved the latest substitution of potatoes with cauliflower in his all time favorite summer dish….potato salad. Except, I guess, it’s really mock potato salad.
I cut the cauliflower up into small florets and cooked in boiling salted water till they were just going soft. If you cook too much, then you will get mush. So watch carefully.
Then, add whatever you add for your own potato salad recipe. Here at Chez Miller we add hard boiled eggs , diced up, with a little hot sauce, Cains mayonnaise, salt, pepper, dried dill, some chopped up gherkins and a little dijon mustard. On occasion, I have been known to add bacon, because, well…bacon.
Totally obsessed with a recipe for whole roasted cauliflower that is “treated like a steak”…yeah, not so much. But it was delish, it’s just better to not go into these experiments with a high level of expectations.
Trim a whole cauliflower and cover with softened butter. Roast at 375 degrees for 75 minutes or until brown and very soft.
*Note: the original recipe called for a 325 oven. Not hot enough, could have a birthday while you waited for roasted status at that temp.
While the cauliflower roasts, heat 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar and add golden raisins and capers and heat to just boiling.
Set aside until cauliflower is done. When ready process in a food processor with a steel blade while drizzling evoo into it making a somewhat thick vinaigrette.
While cauliflower is cooling, toss the vinaigrette with spinach or arugula, halve some red grapes and dry toast shelled pistachios on stovetop.
Place greens on plate, slice the cauliflower into 1″ thick slabs and place on greens. Top with red grapes, cubed feta cheese and the toasted nuts.
Surprisingly tasty and very filling!
Saturday night I couldn’t decide which of two recipes to try, so I made both and flipped a coin at the last minute…
Saturday nite we wound up with ragu on cauliflower polenta. A simple ragu of ground sirloin (which, when I make again, I will put through the food processor for a finer product). Brown the meat in oil, add some Worcestershire and onions, a cup or so each of ketchup and tomato purée,chicken stock, season to taste and let reduce. You can add in some butter at end to smooth it out. Top with chives.
Meanwhile, back at the food processor, cut cauliflower (shown here in festive carnival colors) into florets and then run through food processor do its like rice. Bring salted water to a boil and drop in the cauliflower and cook for about 3 minutes. Add a mere 1/3 cup instant polenta and stir until very thick. All the taste of polenta without the carbs and calories!
Original recipe courtesy of Cooking Light, September 2016, p.28
Part two of multitasking is coming right up!
I was out with some work peeps after a late meeting last week and we ordered some tapas and oysters to kill the hunger pangs. One of the tapas was a roasted cauliflower with pistachio brown butter and lemon yogurt. Here’s my take on it…
Start with some plain Greek yogurt and a little lemon zest…
Roast some plain cauliflower…
Cook some smashed up pistachio nuts with 2 tbsps of butter on a simmer for about 5 minutes. The butter will turn slightly brown and taste nice and nutty ( get it?).
Top the cauliflower with the pistachio brown butter and use lemon yogurt as condiment. Totally satisfying meat free meal!
The Hubs loved it!
My boss is a licensed, card carrying registered dietician and fond of saying occasionally…”carbs will kill you”. So occasionally, I listen.And feel guilty about bread, breading, stuffing, cakes, cookies etc. But only occasionally. That’s when I look to vegetables to get me out of the fix…
So in the middle of one of the snowstorms and in celebration of weekly meatless monday endeavor, I ginned up this creamy leek and cauliflower soup. I started with frozen leeks from Trader Joe’s
I cooked them down in some olive oil with some yellow onion, till they were all soft and see through and a little caramelized.
Added cauliflower florets and stems, cut to about 1″ size all around. Added salt and pepper and about 4 cups of vegetable broth. I cooked it all until very soft and then hit the mixture with my trusty stick blender while still in the pot. Adjusted the seasoning and added a tiny bit ( about 1/2 cup) of light cream, just to smooth it out and reblended. I also put in a bit of shredded parmesan that I had on hand and topped with some sliced green onions. Serve with crusty dark bread and a dark green salad with simple oil dressing. See, I still need to have the carbs with the meal!
A frozen head of cauliflower, hidden in the back of the frig, and the last of the jar of marinated artichokes…
Cut up the cauliflower, open a can of chick peas and rinse, toss them with the end of the artichokes, some capers, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and cumin.
At the last second I threw in some preserved lemon slices and popped the whole pan into a 450 oven.
I served it over a piece of grilled swordfish, yum!
Trying a little Cauliflower Parmesan tonite.
Start with cutting your cauliflower into 2″ florets
Then you need a dry hand / wet hand station with flour, beaten egg and panko
Roll the cauliflower in flour
Then dredge in beaten eggs
Then roll in panko
Then brown the cauliflower in olive oil on a medium flame. It does not have to be cooked through!
Then layer it in a greased pan with marinara, mozzarella and Parmesan. Pop in the oven for about 40 minutes till melty and bubbly! I paired with charred baby eggplant and a salad, all very satisfying!