Can we have a serious conversation about cauliflower? Please, sit down, get comfortable, let’s discuss. Tell me your hopes and your dreams. No? OK.
Here’s a lie that people tell themselves: cauliflower is boring. It’s the vanilla ice cream of the vegetable world.
Except that it’s completely not. OK, if you boil it like your Mom used to do (eat your vegetables, young lady!) and plop it onto a plate with little seasoning (and little effort), yes it’s completely boring. But what vegetable isn’t in such circumstances? Just say no to boiling vegetables, people. You’re only hurting yourself and your loved ones.
To make cauliflower really sing, it’s all about HOW you cook it. Cauliflower was born for roasting – no other veg crisps or caramelizes better after a little time in the oven; and since ‘she’s a sturdy girl’, if you will, it holds up well to a variety of cooking methods and makes a great meat substitute (I’m no vegetarian but I do like the idea of a ‘cauliflower steak’).
So where to start then? Any one of these recipes, naturally. All delicious, original ways to prep this unsung hero of the vegetable world that results in a satisfying, not at all boring, meal.
Recipes pictured above (clockwise from upper left):
Parmesan-Roasted Cauliflower (via Bon Appétit)
Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Cheddar Beer Sauce (via Joy the Baker)
BBQ Cauliflower & Chickpea Tacos (via She Likes Food)
General Tso’s Cauliflower (via Bakeaholic Mama)
Rigatoni & Cauliflower Al Forno (via NYT Cooking)
Smothered Cauliflower with Eggs (via Food & Wine)