Monday, December 13, 2010

How many ways can you cook cauliflower?

Jamie is currently on his “Atkins” diet.  It’s in quotes because he doesn’t follow it but has his own rules.  Anyways, we have been eating a lot of meat lately, I mean a lot!  And no carbs which is painful to both of us since Jamie does all the cooking.  Recently, Jamie heard about mock mashed potatoes using cauliflower.  So we tried it out and it was pretty good.  It has an off flavor, but if you add enough garlic you can’t really tell its cauliflower. 

In addition to the mashed potatoes Jamie found a recipe for mock mac & cheese (which is more like cauliflower casserole), mock twice baked potatoes and a cauliflower, chicken & bacon bake that I didn’t try but Jamie seemed to enjoy.

The most interesting recipe is cauliflower pizza crust.  It sounds weird but it wasn’t too bad, or at least I don’t remember what pizza really tastes like anymore.  Here’s the recipe if you are ever inclined to try it out:

1/2 head cauliflower chopped finely in food processor

1 egg, beaten

1 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese

italian seasoning & garlic powder

Boil the cauliflower for 5 minutes, then drain well using paper towels.  Mix with egg and mozzarella cheese.  Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and press mixture onto pan, spreading evenly and sprinkle with italian seasoning and garlic powder.  Bake at 400F for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.  Top with any pizza toppings you like and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese melts. 

You can also broil instead of baking which might keep the crust more crispy, we baked it and it wasn’t very crispy.

I am hoping Jamie’s diet ends soon so we can get back to normal meals.  Or even have a real potato again!

EDIT: Don't broil the crust, it became soggy and not good at all. But, Jamie's off his diet now and he just brought home two Jack's Naturally Rising Pizza's :)

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