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August 30, 2014

Cauliflower: like or dislike?

Cauliflower.

Occasionally on our Facebook page, we play a little game called Like or Dislike, with ingredients from the pantry, ingredients I'm thinking about adding to my pantry, other seasonal foods, even favorite cooking gear. Now, Like or Dislike comes to The Perfect Pantry on Saturdays. Do you like, dislike, love, crave, despise, wish for, use in your own kitchen? The things you like are sure to find their way to the recipes here on The Perfect Pantry, so do tell!

It's no secret to readers of The Perfect Pantry that I do not like cauliflower. I've tried. Goodness knows, I've tried, but I just do not like it. Several readers, refusing to accept my limitations, have sent recipes and serving suggestions -- make it spicy! roast it in the oven! try fried "rice"! -- but it's time for me to confess that, when it comes to cauliflower, I'm firmly in the dislike camp. How about you?

Cauliflower: like or dislike?

Last week: Sriracha. Strong opinions. Most of you like it, or love love love it. A few couldn't dislike it more. For those who inquired, Sriracha does have more of a kick than "regular" Tabasco-like hot sauce, or at least that's how it tastes to me. It's usually made with really hot Thai chile peppers.

Comments

I love cauliflower! Doesn't matter whether it's raw or cooked, there are so many great things you can do with it. I'm always running across new recipes.

I reside definitely on the like it side, but don't make it often as my husband lives in the other camp. He'll eat it once in a while, but I really have to dress it up.

Like commentator Faith, I'll devour it in any way.

I love cauliflower: steamed with broccoli and carrots (very healthy!), stir-fried, mashed, lightly steamed then baked into macaroni and cheese. My mother used to make a wonderful cauliflower au gratin with Ritz Cracker crumbs on top (yum!). I have not yet tried a recipe that I just saw for a low carb 'potato' salad that substitutes cauliflower for the potatoes. I'm not a fan of raw cauliflower, but love it cooked in all sorts of ways.

I love, love,love cauliflower. And especially if you cook it with a little bacon, sour cream, and cheese like twice baked potatoes. That's probably my favorite cauliflower recipe, although I like them all.

Love! Cauliflower curry, cauliflower steaks, cauliflower mash are all go-to quick dishes around our house.

I'm in the so-so camp. I like it used as mashed potatoes or as a base for cheese sauce.

We love cauliflower better raw than cooked leaving it under appreciated. But I figure if the kids eat it that way there's one more "nip in the bud"....

Really like. Best is roasted with various seasonings (one fave is garlic, Dijon mustard, a little olive oil). Healthier. Trick is not too over cook it so it becomes too mushy (unless of course you're going for soup!).

Love it, especially roasted with olive oil and lots of garlic and some bread crumbs.

On the other hand, I hate kale, which is so trendy right now. Though I like all the other bitter greens.

Love it! Especially with some creamy cheese melted on top, or butter. But I'll eat it raw or cooked in any recipe.

I'm a fan.

Love, love, love! Especially roasted until very brown and crispy in spots.

I'm with you...yuck.
I've also tried to like it.

Love it plain or dressed up. There are few veggies I don't like. Kale and parsnips come to mind as being in the "yuck" camp for not only me, but my husband as well. I keep tasting but so far, no go!

Fresh, sweet cauliflower from the farmers' market is a magic vegetable (most people eat cauliflower when it is too old!).

You can whirl it into tiny bits to make a lovely "rice" vegetable salad or a yummy pizza crust (see my blog or the Green Kitchen Stories blog).

Have fun!

I love cauliflower especially when I grate it and make cauliflower rice.

I use cauliflower on veggie trays, and I love it roasted.

Raw, no, tastes too raw.
Cooked, mostly yes, but then does it taste 'like cauliflower'?
I bet it would be wonderful with your roasted lemon dressing, either as a dip for blanched pieces, or cooked like the carrots you posted today.
Now I have to try that on some veg-dubious grandchildren.

I like cauliflower very much. Try it with cheese sauce, roasted, mashed with butter and cream, in an Indian curried vegetables dish.

I love cauliflower as much or more as I hate sriracha! :-)

Love it!!! We make it as a salad - steamed then put warm in a dish, add chopped shallots and vinaigrette - delicious! Or mixed with potatoes and made into a cheesy gratin bathed in lots of bechamel. Heaven.

I love cauliflower but my husband hates it and refuses to eat it. I will buy it sometimes and eat it raw for a snack.

We love cauliflower too! We have several favorites preparations, including cauliflower-spinach soup and cauliflower masala: http://www.juliashanks.com/recipe-cards/. YUM!

I just love cauliflower and buy it almost every time I go vegetable shopping. There are so many great Indian dishes with cauliflower and I love it roasted too.

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