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What's Cooking: Our Favorite Cauliflower Recipes

Elena North-Kelly

Elena North-Kelly

February 22, 2016


We think it's safe to say that cauliflower is having its moment. From crispy fritters to a silky puréed base for seafood to a stand-alone vegetarian entrée, we're devouring the cruciferous edible in a myriad of delicious ways. Below, more of our favorite recipes to get the white-hot veg into your culinary repertoire: 

Cauliflower Soup with Curried Raisin Sauce and Crispy Brussels Sprouts
This elegant and complex soup from chef Lon Symensma uses vibrant ingredients from the Asian pantry, like coconut milk, miso, and galangal.

Pan-Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Tomatoes and Capers
Cut down on kitchen waste by learning to cook with the whole vegetable from root to stalk, as in this flavorful and sustainably minded recipe from 
JBF Award–winning author Tara Duggan​.

Brown Butter Cauliflower
Chef Scott Romano uses a mixture of green, yellow, and purple cauliflower for a colorful presentation in this supremely satisfying dish.

Roasted Cauliflower Risotto
Judy Schad pairs cauliflower with Capriole Mont St. Francis, a delightfully stinky, washed-rind cheese, in this risotto. If you can't find it, just substitute another strong, semi-hard goat cheese.

Charred Cauliflower with Toasted Bread Crumbs, Cornichons, and Parsley
JBF Award winner Jimmy Bannos Jr. sears cauliflower with just a touch of olive oil to achieve a deep char and bring out its nutty flavors, then tosses it with lemon juice, parsley, briny cornichons, and a handful of toasted bread crumbs.

Farmer's Mac & Cheese
Texan Joanne Bondy’s Beard House menu featured this decadent macaroni and cheese, with healthy cauliflower folded into the mix for added texture and flavor.

Hungry for more? View our entire recipe collection.


Elena North-Kelly is senior editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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