I love trying new recipes almost as much as I like eating them! If you read my first book, you already know that the only thing capable of keeping me occupied on the treadmill is watching the Food Channel Network.
Giada is my favorite of all the celebrity chefs, but I’m convinced there is NO WAY that tiny little thing eats even one BITE of her Italian cooking. I would bet a plate of lasagna that when she shovels her creation in her mouth at the end of the segment and squeals how good it is, she spits it out the minute the camera stops rolling! 🙂
At any rate, this past week, she made a wonderful casserole with cauliflower that sounded so delish that I decided to give it a try. My husband’s family had an outdoor picnic yesterday and although I ended up not being able to attend, I sent along Giada’s creation.
My sister-in-law asked for the recipe so I thought I’d share it with anyone looking for something fun, different, (and perhaps a little more fattening) to do with such a boring vegetable!
Disclaimer: this may not be EXACTLY the recipe beautiful Giada used. Remember… I was on the treadmill at the time and did not want to hurt myself by jumping off to write this down. However, the recipe I’m sharing below was what I actually made and it turned out great!
I don’t have a picture to show you but use your imagination…. it was cheesy and super toasty looking, just the thing for a cool autumn afternoon picnic.
Cut up one head cauliflower (I used 1-1/2 heads to make a bigger dish) & blanche slightly.
Place into a slightly greased baking dish.
In a separate bowl, blend:
1 pint heavy cream (if you are on the Weight Watchers Plan you might want to start begging for forgiveness now!)
1 heaping tablespoon flour (to thicken sauce). Whisk together.
Grate 3/4 of a block of Gruyere cheese and fold into mixture.
Add capers (to taste)
I added a bit of onions although the recipe didn’t call for it.
Add bacon (as much as you like – fall’s coming after all – you’re not going to be wearing shorts for a while!)
Set all of this aside!
Buy a loaf of day-old, crusty bread and break about 1/2 of it into small chunks. Throw pieces into your food processor to make bread crumbs. ( I assume you could just use regular bread crumbs but how can you pretend to be Giada if you do THAT?????)
Throw 3/4 to 1 stick of butter in a skillet and lightly toast the bread crumbs in the butter. (OK.. you might just want to skip your Weight Watchers meeting all together this week!) Set aside.
Go back to that baking dish with the plain ‘ole, boring cauliflower. Pour the cheesy, bacon-y, creamy bit of heaven all over the top. Then arrange the buttery-toasty bread crumbs over that. Then grate more cheese over the top of the bread crumbs. And just when you think your pants can’t get any tighter, drizzle just a hint of olive oil allllllllllll over the top to give it that toasty look.
Bake @ 350 degrees until golden brown. Enjoy!
I’m hitting the treadmill to see what other goodies she’s cookin’ up!
Have I mentioned how much I love her?