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Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Lactose
This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

Sodium
This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.

 

"Green Eggs and Ham was the story of my life. I wouldn't eat a thing when I was a kid, but Dr. Suess inspired me to try cauliflower."
-Jim Carrey, Comic

The refrigerator light goes on...

If you are a garlic lover, this is as good as it gets. For some folks the garlic may be too much, but I wanted this to have that rich, creamy (almost overpowering) garlic flavor. This is a great dish served with a filet of whitefish like grouper or cod prepared very simply. The two will complement each other well.

If you are not a garlic lover, just use less garlic. Start with only about 4 cloves of the roasted garlic and adjust to taste.

Grating Cheese

OK, you know what a grater is and have been using one all your life but there are dozens of types on the market and most of them have at least two, and sometimes as many as eight, surfaces.  

Grating creates fine threads by passing the ingredient over a serrated surface.  The basic grater is a flat piece of metal with notches cut in its face and it is the size of the notch that determines the size of the threads.  

Shredded food is usually thought of as being a larger, coarse thread while grating creates a finer one (that can even be as fine as powder).  Shredded cheese will melt much slower than grated cheese by virtue of the difference in surface area between a coarse and fine thread.  For a recipe like this Philly Cheese Steak, I prefer to use cheese that has been finely grated.  For a recipe where the cheese should melt slowly on top of a casserole for instance use shredded cheese.  

There are a dizzying amount of choices of graters available.  The basic 4 sided box grater is an essential kitchen tool.  The one that I have has a face for fine shredding and coarse shredding.  There is a face for both coarse and fine grating as well.  Many box graters will have a face that cuts thin slices but I have never found this to be very effective.

I grate all hard cheeses in a rotary grater.  Mine is a Zyliss and was a gift from an old medical school friend.  The fine serrations are on a drum that rotates on a crank while you push the cheese into the hopper with a hinged plunger.  This is one of the finest luxuries that I know of and should be one of your first kitchen purchases.  There are a number of manufacturers and many offer different drums that grate from fine to very coarse.  


 

Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic



Servings = 4 | Serving size =6 ounces cauliflower

Cooking Time = 90 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

This recipe also requires making Roasted Garlic

This recipe makes good leftovers. Reheat until the cheese melts.

1 medium head fresh cauliflower (broken into flowerets)
3 tsp olive oil
2 medium bulbs roasted garlic
1/2 cup 2% milk
1/8 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
3 ounces part skim milk mozzarella (grated)

Preheat the oven to 325F.

While the oven is preheating break up the cauliflower and place in a medium mixing bowl. Add the olive oil 1 teaspoon at a time, tossing to coat the cauliflower. Place the coated cauliflower in a 10 inch oblong Pyrex dish and place the dish in the oven.

Mash the roasted garlic into the milk. Add the salt and pepper while mashing. Place in the refrigerator until needed.

Let the cauliflower roast and toss it every 15 minutes. After 60 minutes add the garlic sauce and toss to coat well. Roast another 15 minutes and toss.

Top with the grated cheese and place in the oven. Cook until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 6 ounces cauliflower

Servings = 4

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Amount Per Serving

Calories 210 Calories from Fat 95
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 11g 17%
    Saturated Fat 4g 19%
    Monounsaturated Fat 6g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 268mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
    Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
    Sugars 5g  
Protein 12g  
Vitamin A 3% Vitamin C 172%
Calcium 28% Iron 7%
Vitamin K 38 mcg Potassium 785 mg
Magnesium 46 mg