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Cauliflower Recipes & How Long to Cook Cauliflower
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
||soaking in lightly salted water will remove any insects
||boil florets 5 - 7 minutes up to 15 min if mashing; boil cored head 15 - 20 minutes
||saute florets 7 min till lightly browned - then braise 6 min till soft but holds shape
||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
small pieces 8 oz. 4 min.
small pieces 1lb. 7 min.
florets 2 - 3 min.
||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:
chicken broth or stock
freshly-ground white pepper
lemon (juice -zest)
red bell pepper
red pepper flakes
vinegar (cider - balsamic - red wine - white wine)
Classic Cauliflower Recipes:
Creme du Barry
Cauliflower au Gratin
Broccoli Cauliflower Slaw
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