TONS of produce - what to do with cauliflower, radishes, mushrooms...
I have a boatload of produce leftover from a wedding venue (wife's a chef and we took all the leftover fresh produce from the last wedding).
Cauliflower - about 10 lbs at least
radishes - about 8 lbs (I will pickle some)
Button Mushrooms - 2 cases!
Arugula - thinking pesto?
have lots of fresh herbs to add too.
I'd hate to get rid of any of it. any ideas for things that I can make and will freeze well?
Chef wifey isn't up for cooking this week :-)
+1 to caulifower soup. here's my fave recipe:
1 large onion
1 bulb fennel
6-8 cloves garlic
1 head cauliflower
salt and pepper
2 bay leaves
1 quart chicken or vegetable stock
peel, trim and chop vegetables. toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. roast in 450-degree oven for 30 minutes. transfer to large sauce pan. add stock and bay leaves. simmer for 30 minutes. remove bay leaves before pureeing
I found a version of mac n cheese with cauliflower online and made that recently to use up some quality cheese I had on hand. Very good combination.
Roasted radishes is about as simple as it gets and they are so good.
Stuffed mushrooms for the largest ones; roasted in garlic they will freeze to use over time in a variety of egg, beef, stew dishes or mushroom cream soup.
Arugula & herbs I'd use daily in a mixed greens salad, homemade pesto, cocktails and ice tea/fruit aids.
For the herbs:
Either make a pesto-like mixture (sans parm and nuts) and freeze in ice cube trays. I add it to sauces, salads (non lettuce types), salad dressings, pasta, soup, etc.
Or, I've also made this dry herb mix.
I love a summer cauliflower salad, as you would make a broccoli salad.
Marinated mushrooms. Or, make a nice mushroom wine sauce for chicken or beef.
When I'm overloaded with fresh spinach, I wash it and stick it in stick it in the freezer, in freezer bags. I pull it out to add to soups or dip. It comes out exactly like frozen spinach that you buy at the grocery.
I'm sure a friend or neighbor would love to get a goody bag if you become overwhelmed with this cornucopia.