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Just curious, how do you most often prepare cauliflower in your home? It's a versatile vegetable which can be roasted, steamed, stir-fried and so on. 


I sometimes "dry fry" 干煸 it, as in this recipe from a year ago. Seasoned with ham slivers and cumin seeds 孜然: https://www.chinese-forums.com/forums/topic/57449-dry-fried-cauliflower-干煸花菜/?tab=comments#comment-445668



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The only way cauliflower is eaten in our house is as cauliflower cheese. 


There has been somewhat of a shortage of cauliflowers this year, the weather is to blame. We never see the leggy type, just the firm heads.


It has become a popular substitute for mashed potato for people trying to lose weight, not sure about that myself, its very easy to end up with watery cauliflower if overcooked and not drained properly and so would make very sloppy mash.


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56 minutes ago, Shelley said:

The only way cauliflower is eaten in our house is as cauliflower cheese. 


Do you mean you melt cheese on top? That sounds good. Do you make it in the oven? Is there a particular kind of cheese that works best?


I didn't know about cauliflower instead of potatoes for people trying to lose weight. 

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Cauliflower cheese is made by cooking the cauliflower till it is just done, soft but definitely not overdone. let it drain well.


Make a  white sauce, add lots of grated cheese, usually cheddar, stir well,  put some of the sauce on the bottom of an oven proof dish, add the drained cauliflower and pour the rest of the cheese sauce over, make sure it is all covered well.

Grate some more cheese, sprinkle generously over the top, and some bread crumbs to add a crispness to the top, put in the oven till golden brown or under a grill if no oven available. If it is all still hot you could just use a cooks blowtorch to brown the top, but the best is slowly in the oven to let the cauliflower absorb some of the sauce.


Serve hot on its own as a main meal or as a side veg. We always have it as a main meal, one biggish cauliflower does 2 people very well.




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23 hours ago, ChTTay said:

“Cauliflower rice” is the trendy weight loss dish with cauliflower these days. Just grate/shave the cauliflower and fry it up like you would cooked rice. Seriously. Search for that and you’ll get a lot of hits. It can be quite good if done right. 


Interesting. I had not heard of doing this. Is it popular in China? Or only in the west? 


OK, I just found a recipe using grated cauliflower. Made like 炒饭 fried rice. Includes green peas, carrots, and corn. Looks real tasty. I might even try it. 



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