Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

I got this recipe from my mother who happens to live in a retirement facility in Atlanta, GA. When she served it to me, I knew I had found the best way to serve one of my favorite vegetables. I can eat this dish until I can't move.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Remove woody core from base of head, leaving the head whole.
  2. Cook Cauliflower in 2 T. water in a 1 1/2 quart covered glass dish in microwave oven for 6 to 7 minutes per pound.
  3. Rotate dish 1/4 turn halfway through cooking time if you don't have a turntable.
  4. (This can be done in a regular oven also by cooking until just tender.) Let the Cauliflower rest, covered for 5 minutes.
  5. In a small mixing bowl, combine the next 3 ingredients and heat them in the microwave for 1 minute.
  6. Frost the entire top surface of the cauliflower with the mixture and sprinkle with the grated cheese.
  7. Return to microwave and cook until cheese melts.
  8. If desired, you may sprinkle with paprika for color.
Most Helpful

An old family favorite - one of the first recipes for home microwaves in the early 80's. I suggest frosting with the cold mayonnaise/mustard mixture rather than heating before spreading. Also, you can use any type of prepared mustard - Dijon, yellow, Pommery etc

bellerjo August 24, 2012

I have been making this for years with a few differences. I add curry powder to the mayonnaise/mustard mixture. I do not warm the mixture. Spread over the top of the steamed cauliflower, top with cheese & place in the oven until cheese is melted. Absolutely delicious!

Wanda Bonham February 14, 2012

Please give your Mom a kiss from me. This was a wonderful, easy recipe to prepare in the microwave on a warm day. I also reduced the mayo to 1/4 c and it was still very flavorful.

BARBARA ROO June 13, 2007