Cooking with Cauliflower

Cauliflower

 

I have to admit that I have never been crazy about this flavorless “cabbage flower” growing up. However, after learning some fun ways of Cooking with Cauliflower, I have come to like it more and more. High in dietary fiber, folic acid, and vitamin C, this veggie can be used as a substitute for many gluten and potato recipes.

Cauliflower Mash

A great alternative to starchy mashed potatoes, and a creative way to add another veggie to the dinner table spread!

Mash

  • Head of Cauliflower
  • 1 Tbs Butter
  • 1/4 cup Milk (optional)
  • Garlic and Herb Seasoning

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Ah, here it is, the glorious fungus looking vegetable that does not appear eatable. Rinse and cut into florets.

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Add the florets to a pot of water and bring to a boil. Cook until florets are soft when pierced with a fork.

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Combine cooked florets, butter, and seasoning in a food processor. Mix until smooth and fluffy.

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Garnish with herb seasoning and serve. A tasty way to serve cauliflower.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

A gluten-free and healthy way to still enjoy one of America’s favorite dishes; pizza! While certainly not the same as a doughy pizza crust, the cauliflower crust does add a good deal of flavor to the meal, and in my opinion tastes somewhat like a hash brown pizza casserole.

Pizza

  •  Head of Cauliflower
  • 1 Tbs Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Vegetables (cooked or raw) and Meats for pizza topping


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Place the cauliflower florets in a food processor and blend until “riced.”

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Here is an image of the cauliflower after it has been “riced,” taking on the look and texture of small grain rice.

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Steam the riced cauliflower for 15 minutes and drain extremely well, being sure to get all excess water out of the cauliflower, getting it as dry as possible. Some people even like to use a towel to press the excess water out of the cauliflower.

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Place the steamed cauliflower into a pot on low heat. Stir in the butter, well-beaten egg, and Italian seasoning.

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Add 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and mix into the cauliflower until melted.

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

For a deep dish crust, line a 13 x 9″ pan with Parchment Paper. If making a tradition round pizza, use a non-stick pan or pizza stone.

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Evenly distribute the cauliflower crust into the pan and cook at 400 degrees F for 20-30 minutes, until crust is golden-brown and most of the moisture has evaporated.

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Add sauce, meats, (cooked or raw) veggies, and any other toppings you desire. Top with a layer of the remaining mozzarella cheese.

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Cook at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes until edges look crisp and cheese is melted. Cool and serve.

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