This humble vegetable often takes a back seat to its famous cousin broccoli in my kitchen, but with a little creativity, cauliflower can prove itself as fridge staple. Although its hearty texture and chameleon-like flavor profile makes it a versatile ingredient in soups and stews, when cooked properly, cauliflower can stand deliciously on its own in a salad or side dish.
For non-traditional lunchtime fare, Parmesan Cauliflower and Parsley Salad pairs lemony greens with lightly pan-fried florets. To keep things crunchy, Cauliflower Pickles, flavored with serrano chile and mustard seeds, begs to be served alongside an oozy grilled cheese sandwich. Garlic-scented Cauliflower Purée‘s invariable white color makes for an impressive blank canvas when fish or spice-rubbed pork loin is served atop it. Mashed potatoes will welcome the friendly competition.
How do you like to spice up cauliflower?