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Cauliflower Pie, A Very Yummy Fall Treat ~ Susan Hollingsworth

Romanesco cauliflower without leaves

Romanesco cauliflower without leaves

This lovely green cauliflower has now arrived in our CSA box for three weeks in a row.  It is rather beautiful – Don’t you think?

It has a much sweeter taste than the white florets of the traditional expectation, and I do not think my photography does it much justice.   It is dramatic to say the least.

With the arrival of the third head of Cauliflower came this recipe, so I decided to test it out with a few modifications – sticking as close to the original as I could. (I am eating VEGAN while healing)


  • 3 medium potatoes (I used about a dozen small red potatoes) (I did not peel as they were organic and not dipped in formaldehyde)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tbsps.  Minced onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Sea Salt and pepper to taste (I use Bragg’s Amino Acids instead of sea salt)
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh basil (I put in the whole 3 sprigs)
  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 1 egg, lightly whipped (substituted flax seed goo)
  • 1 tbsps.  Butter (substituted coconut oil)
  • 6 ounces grated cheddar cheese  ( I used Cheddar style Almond Cheese)

Heat Oven to 375*F.
Boil potatoes 10 minutes (I steamed about 15 mins.) and let cool.

Shred or mash them and mix in the minced onion and salt and pepper to taste.

Press (I used the oiled back side of a soup spoon to do this) into a buttered 9 inch pie pan, bake 30 minutes.

Mashed potato pie crust

Mashed potato pie crust

Separate cauliflower into florets. (I use the stem piece to make vegetable broth- freeze it!)  Steam florets for 10 minutes, then remove half the florets and set aside.   Steam the rest another 15-20 minutes.  Mash them in a bowl.

While the remaining florets are steaming, melt butter in pan with chopped onion and 3 cloves of minced garlic and sauté’ until tender.

Mix in basil, and mashed cauliflower, add spices.  Remove from heat and add egg.   Spread mixture in the crust.  Sprinkle cheese over cauliflower mixture. Distribute partially cooked florets on top.
Bake 30-35 minutes.

Cauliflower Pie 2010

Cauliflower Pie 2010

I had the pie for my lunch with a bowl of cherry tomatoes and a lovely Bartlett Pear for ‘zzert.

It was warm and delicious and I could think of a number of ways to use this pie crust for other fillings.

I did throw in a slice of Liberty Apple (red) that I could not squeeze into the sauce pot…and I think I would continue to add this to this mildly flavored dish and maybe a handful of raisins.  I added fresh apple juice to my Husband’s meal, and he thought it was just great.   He thought he would add bacon bits, but then he loves bacon and sausage!

Now that I have made it once and figured out how it worked, I would say this was easy to make and I even had all the dishes done while it was in the oven.

Do you like to try new dishes?   I think my children would really like this, would yours?  What do you think of that Green Romanescu Cauliflower?

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian Friends!

Looking forward to your comments:

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33 Responses to “Cauliflower Pie, A Very Yummy Fall Treat ~ Susan Hollingsworth”

  1. Talon Says:

    The cauliflower looks elegant in green…and that cauliflower pie looks delicious! I’ll be tucking this recipe away – looks like a lovely dish for cold winter nights! Thank you, Patricia, and thank you Susan!

    I like how you used the flax seed oil (?) as a substitute. I use ground flax seed on my cereal and yogurt and things and love the flavor of it.
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..Giving thanks =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    This was a very mild but elegant way to eat cauliflower and the potato crust was crispy good. I think I would use the crust for other fillings too…like chicken pot pie…make if a bit like shepard’s pie?

    I did not use flax seed oil….flax seed goo is a replacement for eggs. 2 tbsps. of the seeds mixed with 1/4 cup warm water and whipped in the blender make the equivalent of 1 egg.

    I too use ground flax seed on my grains and salad and soup… 4 tablespoons a day for my omega 3 fatty acids….if a better form for me than fish oils.

    Happy Thanksgiving

  2. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. these green cauliflowers are wonderful looking and taste so fresh .. I had some in a salad the other day .. I love white cauliflower too ..

    Sounds a delicious recipe .. and your photos definitely do it justice ..

    Wonderful .. as it’s time for thinking about my supper .. I might just venture out and get organised .. veggie oriented too ..

    Have a great week .. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Spaghetti anyone Made in China or does it grow on trees =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    I love this Romanescu cauliflower on my salads…it is just so dramatic and tasty…

    Thank you for the kind words about my photos…I did not eat the whole pie…it did for 2 meals for the 2 of us…very filling.

    I was thinking the pie crust would be good with a bit of bacon, egg custard as a special breakfast treat too….and the organic potato did not bother my GI tract at all…something new for me!

  3. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    This pie looks amazing. Don’t know about my kids, but I would love to try it. :)
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..Loved New Orleans- Still Making Fried Green Tomatoes =-.

  4. Patricia Says:

    It is just yummy ….I only have one kiddo who loves cauliflower and I think it is because of the cheese she puts on it!….they all like it raw dipped in ranch dressing!….I think I can honestly say that I think they would all love this pie….it is like a sweet mashed potato – crispy crust….
    I like a bit more spice to my food, so I think I will play around with the filling…The second time I had this I include some salsa on top

    I definitely think steaming the potatoes and cauliflower rather than boiling makes them much sweeter.

  5. Betsy Wuebker Says:

    Wow – I haven’t seen this kind of cauliflower ever! Beautiful! The pie recipe looks awesome, too. Thanks for sharing the how-to’s!
    .-= Betsy Wuebker´s last blog ..In the Footsteps of F Scott Fitzgerald =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    The cauliflower is beautiful and sweet….the pie is mild – you may have to have Pete spice it up…but wow is it yummy…

    I have to go have my lunch…then I will be over to read your new post…

  6. Eliza Says:

    This looks delicious, Patricia! I am definitely going to try it. And I love the fact that you made note of substitutions that you made.

    Thank you for the the Thanksgiving well wishes. We spent a wonderful family weekend at my parents with my one of my daughters & boyfriend, my brother and his family.

    Patricia Reply:

    Eliza –
    Your Thanksgiving sounds just lovely…We always celebrated twice because all my relatives live in Canada – a few in Australia and October, end of the harvest just makes more sense…and it spreads the holidays out to not be such a frenzy of activity.

    I really liked this pie and especially the crust….the substitutions are because I can not eat dairy or animal products right now – I just want to be healthy more than I want to eat certain things.

    I think you will like it!

  7. Evelyn Lim Says:

    I think it looks yummy! I would love to be able to try. I don’t used to be a fan of cauliflower but have grown to enjoy it. Thanks for the recipe!
    .-= Evelyn Lim´s last blog ..Learn The Art of Drinking Tea =-.

  8. Patricia Says:

    Nice to have your comment today – Cauliflower is bringing out the best in folks…I believe this recipe is so versatile and mild that it may prove to bring more cauliflower lovers to the table :)

    It is such a good food for our bodies, but not so great when smothered in cheese sauce or dip….

    So far this recipe is getting some good reviews

  9. Chris Edgar Says:

    Hi Patricia — it’s certainly appealing to look at! :) I like to eat raw cauliflower, so perhaps I don’t have the most typical opinion when it comes to dishes like this, but I’m sure it’s quite tasty as well.

    Patricia Reply:

    It is quite easy to make and very filling and lovely taste…

    Another round of applause for those healthful veggies!

    Thank you for your good words..

  10. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia! That sounds, and looks, wonderful! Bon appetite!
    .-= suzen´s last blog ..October is NON-GMO Month – Join In! =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    Very yummy indeed

  11. Dot Says:

    Sure looks good! Yesterday I visited the Gems and Minerals exhibit at the Mus. of Nat. Hist. here, and that green cauliflower with its spirals looks a lot like some of those mineral formations!

    Patricia Reply:

    I think it is an amazing looking cauliflower and so green! I think I am thinking about this pie, like comfort food!

  12. J.D. Meier Says:

    I’m not a fan of cauliflower, but it looks like you worked wonders and made magic out of it. It looks good.

  13. Patricia Says:

    This is definitely a recipe that “not so fond of cauliflower” folks would enjoy…do you like potatoes? I want thinking chili would be yummy in this pie crust too…

  14. Jannie Funster Says:

    I like how your Husband got a nice capital H at the start of his title. You treat him like royalty.

    I might try some flax seed goo on my steak, or stir it into my wine. Maybe a little sprinkled on a donut.

    All kidding aside…your pie looks and sounds Super yummy!!

    I hope you achieve optimum healing on your vegan journey. Sounds like a great plan.

    At gymnastics now. Kelly moved from Beginner to Intermediate and going twice a week now. She LOVES it!

    No wireless here, tappingbon ye olde iPhone.

    And craving chocolate.

    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Now- About That Spandex Jannie 1986 maybe 1987… =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    Hi Jannie,
    I tried to add the grocery list app to my iphone today…could not do it and ran out of battery…I love having my list with me…
    I admire that you can write on facebook and comments with your iphone….I am such a slow learner at times it is frustrating.

    I am craving something right now…and enjoying the crisp fall sunshine today…I have book group tonight…

    I had one gymnastics kiddo but my kids all turned out to be too tall…

    Thought you in spandex was rather wonderful post!!

  15. Kim Woodbridge Says:

    We make a cheesy cauliflower that we love but this looks wonderful – the pie crust and potatoes sound like such good additions.

    And I’m convinced anything with cheese or that is deep fried tastes good 😉
    .-= Kim Woodbridge´s last blog ..How to Include and Exclude Images with the WordPress Gallery Shortcode =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    Kim this was surprisingly good and I keep working on how to use the crust in different ways…I do miss cheese but not the side effects for my body.

    Oh it’s been a long time since deep fried anything, but it does sound good :)

    Thanks for coming on by

  16. Davina Haisell Says:

    Oh, Patricia, this sounds fabulous. Garlic, basil and cheese, plus the mashed potato pie crust. I love to try new dishes. However, I’ve not had a lot of time to cook like I used to and quite honestly, I miss it. I used to flip through my cookbooks at least once a week and plan to make something new.
    .-= Davina Haisell´s last blog ..For the Love of Story Structure =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    This is a delight – try it the first time following the directions and then! surprise yourself with all the variations you can incorporate. It really was a fairly quick fix

  17. Arts web show Says:

    Oh yes.
    i’m so glad the cheddar is in the recipe
    .-= Arts web show´s last blog ..Portrait drawings- happy woman =-.

  18. Patricia Says:

    Arts web Show,
    Yep the cheddar is an important part….I was thinking that chopped walnuts and dried cranberries would also taste yummy in the filling..
    Anyone who can make crepes! Well this is a natural for Cheffie!

  19. Val Says:

    Those cauliflowers are so beautiful. We tried to grow some ourselves this year but they didn’t grow. So sad about that. Maybe next year.

    What’s this about Formaldehyde in potatoes? I tried to find something out about it online and there was vague stuff about it in America but I couldn’t see anything about it in the UK.

    I have to be very careful with the skin of potatoes these days – plus a whole bunch of foods from the same family (the nightshade family, so Potato, Tomato and Aubergine – what you call Eggplant, I think) that give me ulcers in the back of my throat and make my tongue bleed.

    Great recipe! (Sorry – my comment seems a little out of place!)
    .-= Val´s last blog ..Shopping and Spanners =-.

    patricia Reply:

    Hi Val,
    Thank you for dropping by and yes those cauliflower are beautiful, This was my first experience of them and so sweet. Our CSA used green houses to start these because of our cold summer…

    In the USA all potatoes are dipped in a growth retardant before they can be sold to stores. Tomatoes are often ripened with CO2? Apples and veggies like eggplant get wax coatings…I can not handle any of those things….so I have to grow my own or get them straight from the organic farm which is not selling directly to the public…I not only get kidney stones, mouth ulcers and throat ulcers but I get toxic levels of chemicals built up in my kidneys and liver…I know exactly what you are talking about.

    Eating all the different foods in the UK last year…I got very bloated and swollen….so the UK food systems must have some of these chemicals in place also…

    Even our organic food coop has trouble getting undipped potatoes most of the year.

    I am glad you picked up on the mention of that part of this article, I think your comment is quite lovely and appropriate.

    The pie is yummy!

    Val Reply:

    Weird stuff that. CO2 is what all plants put out anyway, so I don’t really understand how they can be ripened with it!

    We have grown most of our own veggies this year, organic, and I’m still the same with the potatoes. Can you not buy organic crops there? Here, organic produce isn’t dipped or coated in anything.

    By the way, I thought you might like to visit this blog:
    http://creativepotager.wordpress.com/ as I think you’d enjoy her posts. I read her occasionally.
    .-= Val´s last blog ..Me- myself =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    If the potatoes are sold commercially here they are dipped in something to keep them from growing…so yes we have lots of organic stores, but many items are still required to be dipped.

    We also have many GMO (genetically modified products) they can not have an organic label but the is no requirement to label the items. The organic stores do tell you and do not carry GMO foods.

    We grow most of our own veggies too! Keeps one very busy at harvest times of the year! Good busy

    I am sorry that you still can not eat the potatoes…I do understand…I can only eat them about 1 time a month.

    I am only just learning about the “false” ripening factories, so I can not answer that info yet

    Thank you for the referral, I will check it out..
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..HOW YOGA WORKS Geshe Michael Roach and Christie McNally =-.

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