A Selfish Side Dish
Usually it is bad when I am the only one in the family who likes something I make. I mean, really, what is the point of cooking something for me and then cooking something for the rest of the gang?
But I will make an exception for this cauliflower!
My parents have been raving about curried cauliflower, and we finally got a head in our basket this weekend. So of course, Saturday night, I had to give it a shot:
Curried Cauliflower: A Rough Recipe
1. In a bowl, I mixed yellow curry powder, garlic salt, some chili powder, cilantro, and Miracle Whip. I wanted to use my light Mayo, but if Shawn was to have any hope of liking it, I had to stick with MW. I didn’t really measure anything…but I used a lot more curry powder than any other spice. The end result was a paste.
2. Then, I spread this paste all over the head of cauliflower.
3. I popped it in the microwave for ten minutes with a loose lid and went back to preparing the rest of our dinner (Who am I kidding? We had a Stouffer’s frozen entree. I guess I set the table.)
Ten minutes later, I had a steaming hot, moist, curry-flavored cauliflower. It was so, so good! I certainly could have had the whole head, but Shawn tried it (didn’t like it), and I ended up saving some for lunch on Sunday.
Reflections and Possible Variations
Next time I get a cauliflower, I know what I am doing with it. So easy. So quick. So good.
I’m also wondering about variations. Maybe I’ll try a Miracle Whip, cheddar cheese, onion and garlic powder, and chive paste…sort of a mashed potato mix. Or, maybe I could do an Italian version: Alfredo cheese sauce, parm cheese, basil, oregano, etc. Could be tasty.
And maybe this apply-paste-to-whole-vegetable-and-pop-in-the-microwave thing could be used for other vegetables. I am thinking onion?
P.S. The dish came together so quickly, and I ate it so fast, I didn’t even have a chance to take a picture! But it looked a lot like this one from kitchendaily.com.