Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Puffy Parmesan Cauliflower

How do you guys feel about cauliflower? Love it? Hate it? Neither? I guess I'm kind of from the neither camp. I eat it when it's on my plate but it is certainly nothing I'd ever conjure up the excitement to blog about. That is until today. I'd saved this recipe from Jbug's Kitchen Antics when she posted it back at the beginning of the month because it was so different from any other cauliflower recipe I'd ever seen, plus I think Jbug's such a fabulous cook that my faith in her recipe selection keeps me going back for more.

I made one minor change to June's recipe in that I oven-roasted the cauliflower florets instead of boiling the head whole just because I'm such a fan of almost all roasted veggies. If you'd rather work with the whole head of cauliflower, click here for June's instructions. Either way you cook the cauliflower, it is the topping that will make your taste buds cry out for more.

Puffy Parmesan Cauliflower

1 medium head of cauliflower, trimmed and cut into medium sized florets
1 TBSP olive oil
salt and pepper and 1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 TBSP chopped parsley plus more for garnish
1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
2 egg whites
Coarse salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.

Place cauliflower florets into a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Place florets in single layer on prepared baking sheet. Roast in oven for 35-40 minutes, stirring half way through so florets brown evenly. Place florets into a baking dish.

Combine the mayo, grated cheese, parsley and lemon juice. Beat egg whites in a small bowl until they are stiff. Fold into mayo mixture. Spread over cauliflower. Sprinkle with coarse salt.

Broil 6 inches from the heat until sauce is puffed and golden brown, and cauliflower is warmed through. Watch carefully and rotate as necessary to keep it evenly browned.

18 comments:

Sherry said...

Looks and sounds wonderful!

Lea said...

yum to your version, too!!!!

Dimitry said...

lovely way to enjoy couliflower

Megan said...

Love cauliflower! I think your idea to roast it was a good one. I'm sure it added so much more flavor (and better texture). That topping sounds amazing!

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This sounds really delicious. I am a huge fan of cauliflower soup but I hate that it usually has cream in it, I am so glad to find an update version recipe. Looking forward to tasting this and thanks for a great recipe.

Best Regards,

Rosemary & Garlic said...

Mags
I love oven roasted cauliflower. Looks delicious.

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

I love cauliflower so will have to try this. Also, check my blog for a gift.

June said...

Wow - this looks wonderful Mags. So glad you tried it and I love the idea of roasting the cauliflower. Great job - you made it your own! BTW - thanks for the accolades. You make me blush!

Linda said...

I'm a cauliflower lover and I agree, roasted is the way to go! But I'd eat it prepared any way!

Karen said...

I'm going to have to try this... it sounds wonderful! I love roasted veggies, too... that's the way to go!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Looks tasty! I enjoy cauliflower, and I usually cut it up and roast it with broccoli. Tasty in soups, too!

msmeanie said...

I love cauliflower and that recipe looks great. Thanks! Good thing it is in season now!

stephchows said...

that does make it better :) I always toss some in blended with my mac and cheese... that's about the only time I eat it LOL

A Year on the Grill said...

Funny, i need lots of pepper, but with it seasoned right, love it... but this looks better

Mags said...

Thank you all for your kind words. I hope you try this recipe... it really is delicious!

Megan said...

I'm with ya on the roasting of the veggies. It does make everything taste better! I have to try this recipe, and soon! I've made you bacon wrapped chicken bites several times now. They rock!

John said...

I gained 6 pounds just by reading this blog chocolate is my kryptonite

lakegirl said...

I am neutral on cauliflower but hubby can't stand it or the smell. I really would love to try this one!!