But maybe you’re in the mood for something more tradition. How about this casserole from chow.com? It’ll give you practice in making a classic white sauce – a good skill to refresh before Thanksgiving arrives.
From alexandracooks.com. She suggests using these as a pizza topping. You can try it with the peppers and even the green tomatoes from today’s box.
Maybe you’re ricing cauliflower these days and have 101 ways to use it up. But maybe you’d like one more idea like this one adapted from “Canal House Cooking Volume No. 5” by Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton. It looks formidable because of its long ingredient list but like so much Indian cooking, half the list is just the seasonings. Are you saving the liquid from your chickpeas to use as a vegan egg substitute?
And finally, a recipe for that sweet little cauliflower.
Maybe you just want to enjoy that gorgeous head of cauliflower steamed or raw. Or maybe you need to disguise it to make it more palatable for your household. I’m a big fan of cauliflower, but I love this idea of transforming it into a fun nibble. The recipe is from Kevin Roberts, a chef in Richmond.
It’s going to turn cold soon – how about a cauliflower soup? (Don’t forget – the leaves from your broccoli and cauliflower are all friendly members of the cabbage family. Don’t discard them! They’re just begging to be eaten. )
Just last month Bon Appetit offered this recipe for cauliflower soup with rye crostini. I’ve been on a rye-bread-baking binge, so this one appeals to me a lot right now. And what an elegant start for Thanksgiving dinner it would be. Everything can be done ahead of time and then heated and assembled when ready to serve.
I checked online and Bon Appetit’s first mention of chive oil was in 1998. Still a delicious idea.
This recipe is from Lisa Hanson of Cabbagetown Market. Easy, easy. Oh – I wanted to share this wonderful way to turn your head of cauliflower into florets. It came from King Arthur Flour. Cut the head in half, and then cut away the core like you would a cabbage. The florets, for the most part, just fall off! It was a tip they shared from one of their editors who spent years in restaurant kitchens. Love it!
If you don’t have leeks at home, you really could use any member of the onion family you prefer. I wouldn’t discard the leftover milk as Lisa suggests – it could be used to flavor mashed rutabagas or turnips or become the base for a potato soup.
This recipe came from the chefs at JCT Kitchen and was a demo at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market. I made an easy knock-off one night – cooking a whole head of cauliflower until it broke down, then adding 4 cups of cooked brown rice (which I had languishing in the refrigerator), some wine, chicken stock and garlic, and then folding in Parmesan after everything was warmed up. Easy and delicious. Their version will take a little more time, but the risotto effect is worth the trouble. If you’re not familiar with Carolina gold rice, it’s grown in South Carolina and available at specialty markets. Arborio or other risotto rice will work fine.
An idea from the folks at Everyday Food.