Meatless Friday: Savory Cauliflower Bake

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meatless friday redesignI love cauliflower any way I can get it. Raw, steamed, sauteed, baked, even microwaved with a splash of lemon juice and some cracked pepper. My family, however…not so much. Imagine my surprise when even Picky Princess of Preschool finished her share and asked for seconds! We talked over our plates about bringing this to the next brunch we attend. My favorite part is how the bread on the edges got so crispy. Oh, and the cauliflower. MMMMMM!

Savory Cauliflower BakeSavory Cauliflower Bake

1 T butter
1 T olive oil
2 tsp caraway seeds
1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets and washed
2 c cubed rye bread, set out overnight to get stale
2 c shredded sharp cheese (we like extra sharp, especially in this casserole)
4 eggs
1 c beer
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp ground coriander
a grind or two of black pepper

Preheat oven to 350F.  Prepare a 13 x 9 baking pan, prepared with non-stick cooking spray. Stir together butter and olive oil over medium-high heat until just bubbly. Saute caraway seeds in butter/oil for about one minute, then add cauliflower. Continue heating over medium-high until cauliflower becomes tender on the surface but not all the way through. Remove from heat and stir in bread and cheese. Spread in prepared baking dish.

In a bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients and pour over cauliflower mixture. Bake at 350F for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted into center comes out clean.

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Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to CatholicMom.com and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find her books and other projects at her website.

2 Comments

    • Kate, I am so sorry I’m just seeing this now! Yes, we served it as an entree, but we were only serving five people. If you need to feed more, it should easily double. And it’s always great to meet another mom who’s “down with OP3!”

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