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Request for cauliflower recipe

I just purchased a cauliflower with intention of make a cream of cauliflower soup. Instead of making the soup, I am interested in making a side dish. Please give me your best recipe for a side dish using cauliflower.

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  1. i love cauliflower just roasted in the oven with a little olive oil and salt...simple and delicious!

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    1. re: vballgal

      I agree with the roasted cauliflower. Prepared this way, SO and I can eat a giant head of cauliflower between the 2 of us.

      My mom used to make cauliflower with cheese w/sauce. Wash and trim the cauliflower. Microwave until tender (depends on the size) and make a cheese sauce with a butter/flour roux, milk, grated cheddar and a dash of nutmeg. the sauce got poured over the cauliflower and then she'd quarter the whole thing and everyone got a big wedge. There was never any leftover. Sh'd do it to brocoli too.

    2. I like it roasted as well, or i've made this once before and it was quite good, plus I tried a grain that was new to me...

      Minted Quinoa with Pine Nuts

      1 cup (dry) quinoa, rinsed well
      1 cup cauliflower, cut into bite sized bits
      2 cups water
      soy sauce to taste
      1/2 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
      2-3 fresh green onions, thinly sliced
      3 TB fresh mint, minced
      2 TB apple cider vinegar
      salt and pepper to taste

      Rinse quinoa well. Place quinoa, cauliflower and water in a sauce pan, cover, and bring to a boil. Season with a splash of soy sauce, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer until all liquid has been absorbed and quinoa has opened up. Gently fold in pine nuts, green onions, mint, and vinegar. Season to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve immediately.

      1. Here's my soup...no cream needed.

        Saute cauliflower chunks in olive oil until browned. Light brown for lighter flavor, darker for richer flavor, you decide. Towards the end add garlic cloves, but don't brown 'em too much. Add a bit of chicken stock to the pan to deglaze and further tenderize the cauliflower. Puree cauliflower, garlic and stock in blender, adding stock slowly until thick and rich. Add S & P as necessary. This will taste like it has lots of cream in it. Maybe add parm if you want.

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        1. re: scuzzo

          I do the same thing except I use roasted garlic instead.

        2. I baked cauliflower in a mild curry paste with a touch of coconut milk-delicious
          One of my dh's favs is to brush lowfat mayo over a full head of cauliflower and then sprinkle breadcrumbs over the mayo so it stays in place and bake it uncovered in a 325 oven until fork tender.
          Cauliflower stir fried with broccoli and shrimp is also delicious.

          1. I think this sounds delicious and I can't wait to make it.

            http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/ca...