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advoca 04-26-2006 07:12 PM

I often serve boiled cailiflower florets with a meat or fish dish (as a plasant colour contrast), but it always seems so dull and without flavour. Can anyone suggest a simple way of tarting it up a bit. please.

The only thing I have been able to think of is to boil the florets in chicken stock. But there must be a better way.

Robo410 04-26-2006 07:25 PM

steam the florets tender crisp and drizzle melted garlic butter over them and toss with grated parmesan cheese. (butter and cheese should have sufficient salt to season the veg)

drizzle with olive oil, roast in hot oven (425*) tossing every 5 min till lightly browned, and toss with your favorite dry roasted salted nut: cashews or pistacios or filberts work really well...2 minutes more to heat nuts a bit, season with pepper and salt if needed and serve

cut in larger stalks and saute in olive oil garlic and chili flakes, deglaze with white wine for an additional touch or chicken stock

dip in seasoned batter and fry (beer batter works well)

a great vegetable...does well in soups too

grumblebee 04-26-2006 07:26 PM

Have you ever had it grilled? I know it sounds strange but it really brings the flavour out and tastes amazing.

Simply slice into LARGE slices, brush with a bit of oil, season with salt and pepper and grill until there are grill marks. Serve as is or with a bit of garlic butter and chives - really yummy!

advoca 04-26-2006 07:28 PM

Hey That's a great idea (the garlic butter and cheese, I mean). Many thanks.

ironchef 04-26-2006 07:31 PM

You can also make a puree out of cauliflower and serve it as a sauce/vegetable accompaniment to the dish. Cauliflower and truffle oil goes well together, but then anything with truffle oil goes well together.

jpmcgrew 04-26-2006 07:44 PM

:smile: I knew this old swiss man that once baked 3 whole heads of caulifower in the oven probably with some water and covered in foil and when they where done he poured a Lyonaise Sauce{onion sauce]all over them it was a beautiful presentation.

lmw80 04-27-2006 09:29 AM

mashed cauliflower is very good! Steam and then add a touch of garlic and butter and mash.

Andy M. 04-27-2006 10:00 AM


Originally Posted by advoca
...it always seems so dull and without flavour...

...which is why I never eat it.

kimbaby 04-27-2006 10:31 AM

I love the cheese sauce, or you can use butter garlic basil,parsley, and thyme for a zingy variation...:)

jennyema 04-27-2006 11:19 AM

I get rave reviews and special requests for Sara Moulton's Cauliflower Cheese Pie

I skip the complicated potato crust and just make it in a storebought frozen pie shell. I also skip sauteeing the cauliflower and just blanch the cauliflower and the minced onion in boiling water together.

This is fabulous and very easy.

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