The Cauliflower of Cthulhu: Literary Cooking Adventure

After an arduous journey across treacherous terrain, I found myself at my destination: the mountains of madness…and cauliflower.

This week on Literary Cooking Adventures, we’re celebrating H.P. Lovecraft. Watch as I take on what should have been a simple recipe for a cauliflower casserole, negotiating challenging obstacles and insanity in the forms of unbreakable plastic wrap, never-ending water drainage, and the most dangerous of all: the monstrous kitty Cthulhu!

I snagged the original recipe from the Food Network website. Although mine looked nothing like the photo they put up, it still tasted great and I’d definitely make it again.

Want to make this delicious recipe for yourself? Check out the ingredients and directions below!

Ingredients

1 head of cauliflower, cut into smaller florets

vegetable oil

1 cup heavy cream

2 oz. cream cheese, diced into smaller pieces

1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard

2 cups shredded cheese (They recommend sharp cheddar; I used a taco blend.)

1/4 tsp. ground pepper

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. garlic powder (I used 1/4 tsp.)

Directions

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Bring water to a boil in a pot (with salt) and cook cauliflower until it’s “crisp-tender”. This is about 5 minutes usually. (I accidentally overcooked mine. Blech.)

Coat your baking dish with a thin layer of vegetable oil. Use a paper towel to distribute evenly.

Drain water from cauliflower pot. Allow the cauliflower to dry by “patting it with paper towels”. (I probably should have done this but…I didn’t. It’s so that the casserole isn’t too mushy.) Place cauliflower into baking dish.

In a small saucepan, mix heavy cream, cream cheese, and mustard together and bring them to a boil. Stir in 1 cup of the cheese and your spices (including more salt) and allow everything to boil for another minute or 2.

Pour the mixture over the cauliflower and stir so that it is all evenly coated. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the cauliflower. Place baking dish in the oven and let it bake until the casserole is bubbling and browned. (The original recipe says this only takes 15 minutes; lies. Mine was definitely not browned after only 15 minutes. I should have left it in for longer but didn’t because I was in a hurry!)

Stay tuned for the next Literary Cooking Adventure in two weeks!

~KSilva

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