Cauliflower the Kids Will Love
Me: "Favorite Food?" 12-year-old: "My Mom's Cauliflower"
Cauliflower is a very healthy food, high in vitamin C, a good liver detoxifier, and is thought to help prevent cancer. It can be made to imitate mashed potatoes, but without the carbohydrates. But this recipe will be how to serve it in a cheese sauce that all kids will love, according to my experience.
1 medium head of cauliflower
1 wedge of garlic
1-1/2 cups water
6 to 7 oz. sliced or grated mild cheddar cheese
1/3 cup Cheez Whiz (creamed cheese)
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
Trim and cut up a head of cauliflower and put it in a sauce pan (or drop in the whole head and cut it up in the pan after being steamed; it’s less messy this way). Add 1-1/2 cups water, and a wedge of garlic to keep away the cooked cauliflower odor. Steam until the cauliflower is tender. Drain, leaving about 1/8 inch of water in the bottom of the pan. Remove the wedge of garlic.
While the cauliflower is still hot, add the cheeses, mayonnaise, mustard and salt and pepper (I usually add more salt and pepper than what is listed in this recipe). Put the pan back on the burner and stir until the cheese is almost melted. Remove from heat and the cheese will continue to melt. Leaving the mixture too long on the burner will cause the cheese to curd up.
I learned this recipe from my sister, Nancy Petersen. When her four children were young, between the ages of 11 and 16, I asked them what their favorite dish was. Without hesitation, their answer was, “Cauliflower, the way my Mom makes it.”
To add pizzazz to this recipe, instead of adding Cheese Whiz, add Tostitos' "Salsa Con Queso." I use the Medium spicy level.
I think you can easily get people to say, regarding this dish, "Here's a recipe made by the gods!"