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Apparently I wasn’t a “normal” kid growing up. I loved vegetables, and from what I hear that’s not how most kids felt. It wasn’t just that I ate them when I was told and dealt with it; I genuinely loved them the same way that kids love candy and sweets. I’ve come to notice that some of my favorites are the ones that tend to be looked over. One in particular that seems to be forgotten is cauliflower. In light of this realization I am determined to inspire my friends and family to incorporate cauliflower into their Thanksgiving dinners this year. After some research I have found a few recipes that don’t require your own personal chef, and even a real vegetable hater won’t turn them down.

The first is a recipe I found on a blog called “A Veggie Venture.” From my own experience, everyone seems to love macaroni and cheese on the Thanksgiving table. The recipe is a variation of mac and cheese that uses cauliflower and boasts a “pepper cream” flavor. It may not be the most traditional side, but will definitely add some zest to the meal. The dish takes about 75 minutes to prepare (including oven time).

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The next recipe is a cauliflower “sformato”; it comes from the Fine Cooking website. A sformato is an Italian version of a soufflé. I had never heard of this before, but a few of my roommates come from crazy Italian families and raved about this dish. I’ve personally never attempted to make a soufflé before, but the instructions are detailed enough that I think even I could follow them. The preparation is slightly more involved than the first recipe, but for a special meal it is worth the extra effort.

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The last recipe that caught my eye is courtesy of Martha Stewart. Her cauliflower gratin, which is just a fancy French word for a dish topped with bread or cheese crumbs, got my attention because I love anything covered in cheese, yet this recipe could be made with as little or as much as you please. It is a fairly easy recipe to follow and does not take too much preparation time. It’s also not a very obscure list of ingredients, so it can be a simple addition to any Thanksgiving platter.

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I’m sure it’s obvious that my contribution to my Thanksgiving dinner party this year will be one (or more) dish involving cauliflower. Hopefully my efforts turn out a dish that is as beautiful as the photos in this post, but if not I can pray that at least it tastes as delicious as all of these sound. These recipes can help make your Thanksgiving feast a unique signature menu for all to enjoy.

Photo Credits:

Macaroni and cheese: http://www.yumsugar.com/Michelle-Obama-Cauliflower-Mac-Cheese-Recipe-23243043

Sformato: http://scrumpdillyicious.blogspot.com/2012/04/sformato-di-cavolfiore-italian.html

Gratin: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/gratin-of-cauliflower-with-gruyre-10000001853962/

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