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Recipe: Better cauliflower casserole

Posted June 23, 2011

Don't want to make the standard gratin dish or just steam cauliflower? This recipe is delicious and the fresh dill sets it off perfectly. Enjoy.

1 head cauliflower, with the bottom cut flat

4 tablespoons softened butter

1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, or 1 teaspoon dried dill weed

1 teaspoon grated fresh lemon peel

1 clove garlic, crushed

½ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon salt

Black pepper to taste

Mix together the butter and seasonings. Rub all over the cauliflower.

Bake in a covered casserole dish at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

The Western Wake Farmers Market in Cary is open from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays when it hosts a variety of family-friendly activities. Leaders will start sharing seasonal recipes here on Go Ask Mom once a month starting today.

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  • July 2: Peach Day @ the Market, featuring peach recipes and samples by local vendors, chefs and cooks
  • July 9: Chef @ the Market: Executive Chef Scott Crawford of the Umstead Hotel and Spa joins the Market offering seasonal recipes and samples
  • July 16: Chef @ the Market: Linda Watson of Cook For Good kicks off her Wildly Affordable Organic Challenge. Music @ the Market: Karl & Matt of "SHMaK"
  • July 23: - Meet Sheri Castle at the market and have her sign a copy of "The New Southern Garden Cookbook: Recipes for Enjoying the Best from Homegrown Gardens, Farmers' Markets, Roadside Stands and CSA Farm Boxes"
    -Chef Scott Crawford of Umstead Hotel and Spa joins us with more of his creative summer recipe samples
    -Butterfly Lady, Suzanne Tilton
    -Music @ the Market: "Darker Shades of Symphony"

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  • snowl Jun 26, 2011

    Steaming in a double boiler on the stove top is my preference. Add butter after it is cooked.

  • pete1k Jun 25, 2011

    Baking cauliflower is one of the best secrets to enjoying this veggie. Start out with a little bit of olive oil on the raw broccoli, season as you like, and experiment from there. Also try higher heat (400 degrees F)for 20-30 min. I like to lightly season, then add a sprinkle of grated cheese for flavor and a dusting of paprika for color...try it, you'll like it.

  • FarmerDoug Jun 24, 2011

    FOUR tablespoons butter for one head of cauliflower?!? One is almost too much. Any farmer or cook would know that much fat does nothing for the original taste of cauliflower. Any herb mix, a little butter or olive oil drizzle, only compliments and doesn't mask the vegetable's taste.

  • elliesmom Jun 24, 2011

    I'll bet this would be great also with different seasonings in the butter, like curry! Can't wait to try it!