Cauliflower, I'm sorry I neglect you!
I admit it. I don't eat much cauliflower. I tend to forget about it. It's not that I don't like it--I actually like it a lot. It's just...Well, it's a forgettable vegetable. The flavor is minimal, the appearance is a bit subdued, and the only truly nice thing I can say about it in raw form is that it's crunchy and makes a lovely vehicle for ranch dressing! Haaaaaaaaaaaaa!! Ok, ok---I should be kinder. Cauliflower is just never really the star of the show on my menu and I need to change my ways because it deserves some time in the spotlight!! So here goes!
It's not hard coming up with a tasty recipe for cauliflower because it's such a neutral tasting vegetable. It goes rather well with most flavor profiles. And it does well under pretty much every cooking method: you can fry, steam, roast, boil, sauté, bake, mash, grill, and pickle! Talk about versatile! My favorite cooking approach is roasting. I like the way the natural sugars release and caramelize in the pan. It's yummy. Brad prefers it steamed, and I like it that way, too--but he just wants it BARELY steamed and I like for it to be steamed until it's pretty soft. To each his own, I suppose. One way he particularly likes it is in pickle form. I make sure to make him a batch of cauliflower pickles every year. They are super easy to make and they soak up the vinegar brine and stay crunchy---it's a winner winner combination!
Here's my method:
I'm not listing an actual pickle recipe here because for this particular batch I didn't use one. I've made enough in my life to kinda know my way around so I added a little of this and a little of that. If you're interested in cauliflower pickles, you can Google a ton of delicious recipes/methods to follow.
These turned out just beautifully, didn't they?
In my weekly video, I show you 4 ways to cook cauliflower. I got the idea to feature cauliflower this week because of a conversation I had with my good friend Norm. He and I love cauliflower and were talking about it when he announced that his daughter/my friend Lisa had no idea how to cook it. Now, Lisa has a love for all things cheesy with noodles, so I can understand why it's not on her radar. But for her to be clueless about cooking cauliflower is just not acceptable and it's my plan to educate her on the topic, whether she wants to learn or not. HAAAAA!!! So, watch the video and follow along as I steam, sauté, roast, and make a cauliflower au gratin. I think you'll be glad you did!
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