We like cauliflower so much we often snack on it plain and raw. Crunch crunch crunch. Most people, we've learned, prefer this strongly flavored cruciferous vegetable at least somewhat cooked. Fair enough. We like it prepared plenty of different ways. Find some delicious ways to cook up cauliflower below.
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Cauliflower takes quite well to baking, which, let's be honest, bears a striking resemblance to roasting (see below). Baking cauliflower into a Cauliflower Gratin can be as simple as topping the florets with a bit of cheese and/or breadcrumbs, or you can work in herbs or sauces to make more of a veggie main dish.
We've also been known to dip cauliflower florets in a spicy chickpea flour batter before baking them, creating a light cauliflower pakora.
02 of 07
Breaded and fried cauliflower are, indeed, tasty. We tend to keep things on the healthier side, though, by combining finely chopped steamed cauliflower with egg, flour, and salt to create fritters we can then pan-fry. See how to make fried cauliflower with this cauliflower fritter recipe.
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We have, on more than one occasion, eaten an entire head of roasted cauliflower. Toss the florets with a bit of oil and salt, pop them in a hot oven and bake, tossing them around a few times along the way until they're tender and browned. Sometimes we add a bit more flavor, as with this garlic parmesan roasted cauliflower or this spicy roasted cauliflower.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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There is more than one way to steam cauliflower. We can think of three right off the top of our head: in a pan, in a steamer basket, and in a microwave.
Once it's steamed, you're probably going to want to dress it up in some fashion. Butter, salt, and pepper are easy; cheese sauce is a classic; or try using pesto or mint for something a bit different.
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