Cauliflower Pie

April 30, 2007

Cauliflower 'Pie'

Cauliflower can be one of the less inspiring veggies to appear in the virgin veg box. Its tendency to disintegrate into an unpalatable mealy mush is one of its less endearing features.

One recipe that takes this feature of C-flower and transforms it into a virtue is the ‘Cauliflower Pie’ from the hardcore food-porn masterpiece that is Twelve.

I’m at work at the moment and can’t remember the exact details, but the basics of this recipe are:

  • make 1/2 pint of thickish bechamel sauce
  • boil a whole cauliflower till tender, then chop finely
  • add the cauliflower to the sauce, along with a couple of eggs, seasoning, a grating of nutmeg, and a generous handful of grated Parmesan
  • butter an oven dish, sprinkle fine breadcrumbs in the bottom, then pour in the mixture and sprinkle more crumbs on the top
  • bake in a medium-low oven for 30-40 minutes, until the top is nicely browned

It was grand cut into square slices and served with spicy Spanish sausage and a big, peppery clump of watercress.

3 Responses to “Cauliflower Pie”

  1. newforestgrrl Says:

    Sounds good; will give it a try. My fall-back cauli recipe is a rather tasty curry – grind garlic, ginger, turmeric, salt and paprika to a paste with lemon juice, briefly fry the paste in oil, then add the cauli divided into very small florets – add a little bit of water to the mix, and then let it sweat it out until tender – not very long needed. Good with cashews added, too, and some garam masala sprinkled on top.

  2. gastropunk Says:

    newforestgrrl, this recipe sounds good – and avoids the cauli-descending-into-mush syndrome I normally get when trying to make curry with this veg. the most disastrous meal of my life was trying to make a cauli curry a couple of weeks ago – it was utterly repulsive. when i’ve recovered from this trauma i’ll give this recipe a go.

  3. cl Says:

    Try adding capers to the bechamel at the end and add some dry sherry to the cawliflower when boiling it!
    it is very tasty!

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