I've been a little obsessed with cauliflower lately. It seems I'm trying to add cauliflower to my dinner meals whenever I can! I've also been watching the cooking channel and the food network channel a lot which has given me different ways of cooking cauliflower.
I saw a healthier eating show add in a whole head of cauliflower to mashed potatoes. The show said the cauliflower makes potatoes creamier and less calories because you aren't using as much potatoes and you don't have to add in as much milk. I have to say the potatoes turned out quite delicious. The cauliflower taste was slight, I was surprised I didn't taste the cauliflower more.... which I wouldn't have minded because I love the taste of cauliflower! Also I probably put in half the amount of milk I normally do which is pretty awesome. Less milk, less calories which I love! And they were very creamy. My kids didn't even notice the cauliflower in them. They all said they were the best mashed potatoes they had ever had.... and they were very good in my opinion. Especially for a low cal option.
So the next time you make mashed potatoes:
1. cook a whole head of cauliflower until soft
2. Either blend the cauliflower until smooth or mash them as well as you can.
3. Then add them to your cooked potatoes and mash like normal.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
I did this recipe recently and my hubby and I loved it! I got it from Giada de Laurentiis from the cooking channel. It's easy and delicious. This cauliflower turns out so creamy and flavorful. It is spicy, so if you don't like the spice don't add the red pepper flakes!
- 1 head cauliflower, cut into pieces (about 6 cups)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 clove garlic, whole
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 cup grated Parmesan
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Blanch the cauliflower for 2 minutes. Transfer the cauliflower to a buttered 8x8 baking dish and let cool, about 5 minutes.
In a small sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the flour and stir until combined. Continue stirring for 2 minutes to cook the flour. Slowly add the milk, stirring continuously until the milk has incorporated and there are no lumps. Add the garlic clove and red pepper flakes and stir the sauce over low heat until the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon. Add the Parmesan, salt, pepper. Stir to combine. Pour the sauce over the cauliflower to cover.
Bake until the cauliflower is cooked, about 25 minutes. Serve immediately.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Yesterday for Valentines Day I wanted to make my hubby one of his favorite desserts. He love love loves apple pie and apple crisp. I asked him which one he wanted and after much thought he decided on apple crisp. As I was prepping I realized I lent my 8x8 pan to a friend ....so I could only use a pie plate. As I was putting the apples in the this pie plate it just didn't seem right to not have a crust. I decided to take the apples out and add/make a pie crust. I am so glad I did! This pie with the apple oatmeal crisp topping is the BEST apple pie I have ever made/had. I was completely surprised it was soooo good. I am not a apple pie person....well I wasn't and now I have to say I am! I am not however a store bought kind of pie crust person. Pies just don't taste nearly as good if you don't make them yourself! So please make this homemade pie crust. It is fairly easy and its the most delicious pie crust EVER. It's my southern family's recipe...so you know it's gonna be good! My pies may not look pretty but they sure taste good I promise.
This recipe makes one pie.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
3-4 Granny Smith apples peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 c sugar
2 tsp flour
1 tsp lemon juice
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
Add all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix until well coated. Then set aside.
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 heaping 1/4 c butter flavored Crisco
3-5 Tbs ice cold water
Mix together the flour and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in the Crisco using the a fork or pastry cutter. Until it looks like cornmeal. Using a fork gently fluff in the water 1 Tbs at a time. Until it looks like balls. Then with hands form into 1 ball. Then roll out to the size of your pie plate. Put crust in the pie plate. Using a fork. poke holes throughout the pie crust.
Oatmeal Crisp Topping:
3/4 c quick oatmeal
1/4 c flour (optional) I forgot add it and it turned out really good.
1/2 brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
pinch of salt
6 Tbs cold butter
Mix all ingredients together in a food processor or in a medium bowl using your fingers until well combined. You want it to look crumbly.
Now pour apples in the pie crust. Then add the Oatmeal crisp topping on top until well covered. Bake at 350 for about 50 mins. The crust and the crisp should both be golden brown.