Easy, Elegant Cauliflower (For People Who Hate Cauliflower!)
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- Ready In:
- 1 head cauliflower (rinsed and drained)
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1⁄2 cup mayonnaise (not salad dressing)
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (or yellow)
- 1⁄2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Cut cauliflower into 8 to 12 large floret pieces, discarding the core. (If you cut pieces small, decrease cook time). Place florets in microwaveable casserole dish. Add the water; cover. Microwave on HIGH for 10 minutes. (Be sure to not let the cauliflower overcook to mushy-ness). Drain. Return cauliflower to same dish.
- Hint: cook cauliflower evenly by placing the larger pieces to the outside of the dish.
- Mix the mayo and mustard. Spread over the cauliflower; sprinkle with the cheese.
- Microwave on HIGH 1 to 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
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I make this recipe with regular medium cheddar cheese and regular mustard. I have to make two for my family of 4 because my son eats almost a whole head by himself. For a beautiful presentation leave the heads whole, smear with mayo/mustard top with cheese and then put in a dish with fresh cooked green beans around the two heads! Real show stopper for the holidays!
My version for an elegant dinner is to serve it whole. I utilized the same ingredients with these changes. I parboil the cauliflower whole with the stem removed in salted water, until fork tender. Drain and put in baking dish with the cheese mixture (mayo, mustard, and cheese mixed together) spread on top. Then put it under the broiler for a few minutes until cheese is bubbling and brown. Best served immediately. This makes an impressive presentation for your guests and is always a hit. Enjoy, Penelope
This is pretty good but it needed a bit of tweaking. I made it the first time and rated it three stars, but the second time, I added some simple changes. I doubled the mayo/mustard mixture (it's much better with dijon than plain yellow mustard, trust me on this) and then I added a pinch of sea salt, a couple grinds of fresh black pepper and 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese. I poured the cold mixture over the hot cauliflower and then covered it in sharp cheddar cheese and microwaved it until the cheddar melted. It was much better this way, but I still think it needs something. Perhaps a pinch of yellow curry or a pinch of dill. Overall, it makes a GREAT substitute when you're craving homemade mac-n-cheese. Tastes just like it.
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