Monday, January 30, 2012

things i'm making


Roasted Cauliflower (believe it or not, super yummy in a nutty, popcorn-y kind of way, and Blake loves it too)
  • 1 head cauliflower, washed and broken into bite-sized florets
  • Toss with 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and either a few grinds of pepper or 1/2 teaspoon of curry powder.
  • Turn onto rimmed baking sheet and bake at 475 for 16-18 minutes, turning at least once or twice, until cauliflower is browned in spots.
  • Serve right away and watch it disappear!
  • This is our side dish with dinner tonight. YUM.
 Artichoke Dip
  • 2 jars of artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 can of diced green chiles
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
Blend gently, then microwave (checking often) until melted. Serve with buttery crackers or a good, crusty bread.

Papaya Salsa & Brie
  • 3 cups diced, peeled, ripe papaya
  • 3/4 cup diced, peeled kiwi
  • 2 T chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 T minced shallot
  • 1 1/2 T chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 T lime juice
  • 1/8 tsp. allspice
  • 1 4 oz round of brie
Toss together the papaya through allspice. Serve over warmed brie with crackers or chips.


Unknown said...

A trick I learned from America's test kitchen (admittedly for roasted broccoli, but I imagine it will work with Cauliflower, too) is to cut the broccoli (or cauliflower) into uniform wedges that lay flat, to promote surface contact. Then pre-heat the rimmed baking sheet along with the oven, just be super careful when you take it out. Spread the veg evenly throughout the sheet, and Because it's browning from the bottom and the top, no tossing necessary. YUM! (you can add a 1/2 tsp sugar to the oil and salt mxture, too, to promote browning.) See how it works on Cauli. Blame me if it doesn't ;)

Noel said...

Wow, that cauliflower sounds terrific. It's funny, my sister was (just yesterday) explaining to me how to do broccoli the same way, and even people who were not veggie fans loved it (I'm not one of those...luckily I never met a veggie I didn't like). I'm going to have to try it!

Beth said...

My kids beg for cauliflower because roasting is the only way I'll do it...Grandma's boiled/cheese-sauced-slathered cauliflower doesn't stand a chance! :)