Smothered cauliflower is an old-fashioned recipe, and an extremely easy and delicious way to enjoy a whole cauliflower.
You’ll need a cauliflower and just four other ingredients to make this warm and nutritious dish that can be enjoyed as a meal or side dish.
Transforming the (humble and healthy) cauliflower
Cauliflower is packed with nutrients, high in fibre and is extremely versatile.
Known for its high antioxidant count and potential to reduce inflammation and protect against cancer, heart disease and other diseases, cauliflower can be eaten raw or cooked.
Raw, it’s great to use with dips.
But to truly transform this vegetable, there are so many options to get more creative.
Cauliflower rice, soups, fritters and chutneys, are just some of the popular options for transforming this vegetable into something lovely.
Preparing your smothered cauliflower
While cauliflower rice might be the latest and greatest way to enjoy cauliflower, years ago the Smothered Cauliflower was popular.
This recipe is based on one from 1925 – and it’s similar to the “whole roasted cauliflower” recipes that are still around today.
To make this recipe, you first need to prepare the cauliflower for smothering and roasting.
First, select a small to medium cauliflower.
Trim the leaves and excess stem from the cauliflower and boil it, whole, for five minutes.
Transfer the cauliflower to a greased baking dish and cut into 4-6 slices with a sharp knife. The cauliflower will break up a little as you make these slices.
The next step is easy. Just smother your cauliflower with the remaining ingredients:
- butter cubes
- passata (or use 2/3 cup tomato paste mixed with 1/3 cup water)
Pop into a moderate oven and cook for 45 minutes or until a golden colour.
An old-fashioned Smothered Cauliflower recipe
Keep scrolling for the tested and tweaked version.
- 1 small-med cauliflower
- 60 grams butter
- 1 cup tomato passata (or use 2/3 cup tomato paste mixed with 1/3 cup water)
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1/3 cup bread crumbs (panko work well but you could use other types)
- salt and pepper
- Pre-heat oven to moderate (180 degrees celsius, fan-forced).
- Remove the leaves and any excess stem from the cauliflower. Boil in a large saucepan for 5 minutes.
- Grease a large baking dish with oil or butter and place the whole cauliflower in the dish. Cut cauliflower into large slices.
- Cut butter into cubes and sprinkle over cauliflower.
- Pour passata over the cauliflower.
- Sprinkle cheese and breadcrumbs over the cauliflower.
- Season with a little salt and pepper.
- Place into oven and bake for 45 minutes or until a golden colour.