Cauliflower Pie, A Very Yummy Fall Treat ~ Susan Hollingsworth
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.
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.
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?
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