Advisory Potluck Challenge
For the advisory Potluck Challenge, we had to make a dish all by ourselves and then serve it up to the class. The pictures above show the different steps I used in making my dish for the potluck, ChouFleur au Fromage (Cauliflower with CHEESE!!!). It's a pretty simple dish that works really well as a simple appetizer or a side dish to go with a meal. It's super yummy and really easy to make even if you don't have a lot of time or ingredients.
1 Head of Cauliflower
Medium Wedge of Manchego Cheese
3 Generous Pinches of Oregano
1. Clean and chop up one head of cauliflower into smaller (tree-shaped) pieces.
2. Put a steamer in a large metal pot and fill it up with enough water so that it just touches the bottom if the steamer. Fill up the steamer with the cauliflower and put it on the stove top over burner on high heat. Wait until the water is boiling and check to see that the cauliflower has softened enough to be edible but not too soft that it is mushy. This should take about 20-25 minutes. To check for the right texture, open up the pot lid carefully and poke a couple of the cauliflower with a fork. How easily the fork slides in and out tells you how soft or firm the cauliflower is.
3. While waiting for the water to boil and the cauliflower to steam, grate the cheese on the largest size of the grater so it is ready to spread over the cauliflower. Bigger pieces of grated cheese work better for this recipe because you get more of the cheesy flavor in each bite.
4. Take the pot with the cooked cauliflower off the heat (don't forget potholders!) and using tongs lift the pieces of cauliflower into a baking dish.
5. Sprinkle generously with oregano, cheese, and breadcrumbs.
6. Put the baking dish in the oven and bake it slightly until the cheese browns and the breadcrumbs crisp up a little, about 5 minutes.
7. Plate and enjoy your yummy cheesy cauliflower!!!
Cooking is always a fun past-time, and it gets easier every time you do it. Challenging yourself with new dishes and new recipes is always a good way to learn real-life skills. If you want to make your own Cheesy Cauliflower, or any other dish, all you have to do is gather up your ingredients and take the initiative to actually do something!!!