Introductions to new dishes are like first dates. They both begin with hopeful anticipation: “Will this be an amazing experience or a disappointment?” When a new dish exceeds our expectations, we bring it around our friends and family, hoping that they will enjoy it as much as we did. But when a dish falls short of our hopes? Well, let’s just say we’re not taking it home to meet the folks anytime soon. That is, unless we can change it for the better.
While that rationale rarely proves wise in the world of romance, almost any dish can be tweaked based on preference. When you’ve had enough of potatoes, cauliflower is the perfect proxy, and it’s incredibly easy to prepare, making it a great last-minute side. Here are a few dishes that have convinced me to replace potato with cauliflower on a more permanent basis.
Consider this simple Cheesy Cauliflower Au Gratin. It’s charmingly cheesy with just the right amount of crunch—and it only takes 15 minutes to prep.
Win over cauliflower skeptics with this So-Simple Cauliflower Mash, which even looks like mashed potatoes. Try it for yourself, then play coy as everyone asks the secret to your light, airy, flavorful side dish.
Now that there’s a chill in the air, there’s nothing I enjoy more than a hot bowl of soup on a relaxing afternoon. This delicious Cheddar and Cauliflower Soup is a true comfort food, perfect for sharing or enjoying solo.