Cauliflower is criminally underused in the kitchen. We don’t know why. Maybe it’s because it’s hard to spell. (Cauliflour? Cawliflower? Coliflower?) Maybe it’s because it was ruined for many of us when we were forced to eat mushy, bland, boiled versions of it as kids. Maybe it’s because it looks like a broccoli that’s fallen prey to some kind of weird vegetable vampire.
Either way, we think it’s time this majestic vegetable has its day. Here are four surprisingly delicious dishes that will change your mind about cauliflower:
Oven Roasted Cauliflower
First up, we’ve got something simple: oven roasted cauliflower. We think you’ll find cauliflower that’s been baked instead of boiled much tastier than the mushy nightmare vegetable of your childhood. Roasted cauliflower is much more flavorful than its uncooked counterpart, and a little garlic, parmesan, and lemon take it even further.
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Want the savory taste of buffalo wings without the calories or the meat? Cauliflower to the rescue! These spicy, bite sized appetizers don’t perfectly replicate the flavor of chicken, but they do provide a satisfying and healthy vessel for the buffalo wing sauce — which, as we all know, is the important part anyway. Serve these babies with blue cheese and celery and you’ll be surprised at how little you miss chicken wings.
Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce
Alfredo sauce is unquestionably delicious — but you might cry if we told you how calorie-heavy it is. Luckily, you can lighten it up significantly while only slightly changing the flavor by subbing out a lot of the cream and butter for — you guessed it — cauliflower. Parmesan cheese and garlic provide most of the flavor here, while the cauliflower and a tiny bit of cream lend the creamy texture you expect from a good Alfredo sauce.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Yes, you read that right: cauliflower pizza crust. Instead of dough, the crust is made of cauliflower. Sound crazy? Don’t knock it ’til you try it!
Cauliflower, along with some spices and binding agents, come together to create this grain-free crust. Top it with whatever you’d normally put on a pizza and enjoy!