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Cauliflower Recipes & How Long to Cook Cauliflower

cauliflower head

Cauliflower is part of the Cabbage Family. It is available year round and is easy to incorporate into menus.

Celery seed or bread added to cooking water may help to reduce the typical cooking odor. With cauliflower, decreased cooking time improves the taste.

Cauliflower can usually be used interchangeably with broccoli for most recipes.

Cauliflower Cooking Method

Cook until desired tenderness or until the thickest part pierces easily with thin knife

Raw soaking in lightly salted water will remove any insects
Boil boil florets 5 - 7 minutes up to 15 min if mashing; boil cored head 15 - 20 minutes
Braise saute florets 7 min till lightly browned - then braise 6 min till soft but holds shape
Steam florets 15 - 20 min. head 12 - 25 min (till tender not mushy)
Stir Fry or Saute small pieces 7 min. until lightly browned
Deep Fry (tempura) 360F florets 2 - 3 min. - until lightly browned
Microwave

small pieces 8 oz. 4 min.
small pieces 1lb. 7 min.

Pressure Cook

florets 2 - 3 min.

Roast pieces 400 F 15 min.
Test for Doneness: Most of the time doneness for cauliflower can be judged by inserting a thin knife into the thickest part; when it pierces easily it is done. But a better test is to taste it during cooking. When it is close to the texture you want it is done. Remember that there will be carry-over cooking so if you will not be serving it immediately stop the cooking in ice water and quickly re-heat when you are ready to serve.

Often used in Mediterranean, East Mediterranean and Indian cuisine

Flavors That Go

Common ingredients used in cauliflower recipes include:

bacon
broccoli florets
butter
carrot
celery
celery seed
cheese
chicken broth or stock
cilantro
parsley
cumin seeds
curry powder
dry mustard
eggs
olive oil
flour
freshly-ground white pepper
garlic
grated Parmesan
green beans
ground coriander
ground cumin
ground turmeric
half-and-half
heavy cream
lemon (juice -zest)
milk
mustard seed
nutmeg
onions
orange juice
paprika
pine nuts
red bell pepper
red onion
red pepper flakes
shallot
snow peas
soy sauce
tomatoes
turmeric
vegetable broth
vegetable oil
vinegar (cider - balsamic - red wine - white wine)
white wine
whole cloves
Worcestershire sauce

 

Classic Cauliflower Recipes:

Creme du Barry
Cauliflower au Gratin
Mashed Cauliflower
Cauliflower Curry
Cauliflower Souffle
Cauliflower Fritters
Broccoli Cauliflower Slaw

 

 

 


 

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