Friday, February 24, 2012
5 Cauliflower Recipes
RECIPE TRIAL: CAULIFLOWER
I don't usually run to the produce section to snatch up some cauliflower. It's white. It just doesn't jump out at me. But that doesn't mean I don't like it. Because I do. I really do.
I am part of a vegetable co-op called Bountiful Baskets. Lately, they have been handing out a lot of cauliflower. One time recently I got two giant heads of it. Now that my friends is a lot of cauliflower. And well I wanted to change it up. Plain old steamed or roasted cauliflower was boring me to tears.
So I bring you two of my new favorite ways to eat it along with three recipes from other bloggers that are on my recipe trial list for this year.
Teriyaki Shredded Pork and Cauliflower
Ok I was also looking for another recipe for shredded pork that didn't end up on sandwiches or nachos. I had lots of leftovers from a pork butt recipe. This recipe was easy and solved two problems at once.
1 head of cauliflower or 1 bag frozen
About 2 cups of cooked shredded pork (here is one of my fave recipes.)
1/4 Cup of Teriyaki sauce (add more if you like yours really saucy)
1 Tb oil
Cut bottom and leaves off of cauliflower and cut it into florets. Steam in a few inches of water until crisp tender.
Heat a skillet to medium high heat with oil. Add cauliflower to skillet and stir fry for a couple minutes. Add shredded pork and stirfry for 1 minute. Add teriyaki sauce and toss with vegetables for a couple minutes.
If sauce is thin combine equal amounts of cornstarch 1 to 2 TB with cold water. Dissolve corn starch in water and add to skillet. Stir and heat until thickened.
Serve warm with rice.
Another Simple side dish. This is more of an AHA! idea then a real recipe. And yes it is steamed. Yet there is a subtle aroma and flavor of rosemary with the cauliflower that makes it special. I am steaming my cauliflower like this from now on.
2 Cups Cauliflower florets
salt to taste
1 stem of rosemary.
Add cauliflower to steamer. Sprinkle with Salt and add leaves of rosemary to steamer. Steam until desired tenderness. It takes about 10 minutes in my steamer.
And just to tempt your tastebuds and prove that cauliflower is definitely not a one trick pony. Here are some cauliflower recipes from fellow bloggers. All photos belong to them. I can't wait to try these.
Cauliflower Steak With Mushrooms and Hee Hee
from Cook and Be Merry
Cheesy Cauliflower Tots
from I Breathe I'm Hungry
Parmigiano Crusted Rigatoni with Cauliflower and Prosciutto
From Food and Wine (love this magazine)