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Video:How to Cook With Cauliflower

with Kara Mickelson

Learn how to cook with cauliflower by following these instructions. Here, see step-by-step instructions for how to cook with cauliflower.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Cook With Cauliflower

Hi, I'm Professional Chef Kara Mickelson with Creative Culinary Group and I’m here with About.com to show you how to cook with cauliflower.

What to Do Before You Cook With Cauliflower

Now when you're buying the cauliflower, you just want to make sure that there's no mold or discoloration on the florets. And it does come in different colors - it's also in purple and orange, so you don't have to use the creamy white. You're going to find this in the refrigerated section, and before you use it, you're going to store it in your own refrigerator. And just remember, keep an eye out to make sure it’s not getting discolored – that's usually a sign of mold or that it's starting to perish and go bad. So if it has a lot of little flecks on there, then it's probably past its prime.

Information About Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a very versatile vegetable and it can be used in many recipes in replace of a potato. So in case you want to just change it up a little bit you might choose a cauliflower. I'm going to start making these florets and we're going to roast the cauliflower today. So, I have the head here and I’m just using a small paring knife, and I'm pulling off the pieces. Because I'm going to roast it at a high temperature, I'm going to leave these a little bit larger in size and you can see they just come off naturally, and then you can just start to break them off.

Tips for Cooking With Cauliflower

So now that I have all these florets and they're on a parchment-lined sheet tray, I'm going to add my seasoning. So I have some olive oil here and I'm just going to do a little bit of a drizzle of olive oil on all of these. And then we're going to use some kosher salt – just sprinkle that on. And a little bit of pepper - you can use white pepper too. This is my secret weapon – I like to add a little bit of truffle oil. That gives it a really nice, rich flavor. So just get in there and mix it up. So you're going to put the cauliflower in the oven at 450 degrees. You’re going to let it roast for about 45 to 60 minutes until it has a nice caramelized brown texture. So I’ve just taken the cauliflower out of the oven and you can see it has a nice caramelization. And this is going to be a non-dairy version. I'm adding just a little bit of seasoning – this is nutritional yeast. So this would be in replace of parmesan cheese. So you can use parmesan cheese as well, if you're okay with having dairy, or you can just go ahead and use the nutritional yeast. So now the cauliflower is plated up and it's ready to go and it's a great side dish for roasted chicken or for another type of protein, or it can even be served as an appetizer, all alone.

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