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Just in Thyme, for Your Holiday Table: Curried Cauliflower

April 15, 2019

Target Healthy Eating

You can't imagine how good this smells. Mmmmmm Just in thyme for your holiday table. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Although there were other dishes for dinner, they were eschewed. Because, we loved this new curried cauliflower so much, it became the entree with a delicious well chilled white Burgundy. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Just the right hint of cheese (not too cheesy) combined with outstanding spices, and good thyme-ing, Jules gives this highly flavorful casserole entr?e, 5 stars. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.


1 large head cauliflower, broken into florets

2 heaping Tablespoons fresh thyme, well chopped

1 large onion, chopped

2 and 1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, for cooking and oiling baking dish

3 anchovy fillets ground in mortar & pestle with 3 fresh garlic cloves

2 Tablespoons chickpea flour

1 cup heavy cream

1 heaping Tablespoon black mustard seeds, toasted

1 jalapeno, seeded, then chopped well

3/4 cup grated Gruy?re cheese

1/2 cup grated fontina cheese

7 additional fresh garlic cloves, sliced

1 pinch chili flakes

1 pinch black pepper

1 teaspoon turmeric

1/4 cup panko flakes

1 teaspoon curry

1 teaspoon cardamom

2 Tablespoons Parmesan, grated in your kitchen

1 Tablespoon olive oil

Easy to find ingredients. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.


1.     Preheat oven to 375- 400 degrees

2.     Butter a large 2 to 3-quart glass baking dish.

3.     Do all your chopping, slicing grinding, toasting now.

Jalapeno has been cleaned and seeded. Now chopping it well. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Steam the cauliflower until tender but nowhere near mushy. If you boil or blanch the cauliflower, it'll lose its valuable vitamins and minerals. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Best kind of steamer; fits most pans, then folds up for easy storage. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
You control the cauliflower the best when you steam it. Constantly, test it and remove from heat while still al dente (still firm when bitten). ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Don't let the cauliflower get too mushy. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

4.     Transfer to a colander to drain and cool.

5.     In a small saucepan, melt 2 Tablespoons butter over medium flame. Stir in the chickpea flour until you get a pale yellow paste. Figure about 2 minutes.

6.     Next, stir in the heavy cream, anchovy/garlic paste, additional garlic, jalapeno and chili flakes. Let this mixture come to a simmer, stirring for about 3 minutes, until it thickens.

Starting the creamy sauce. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
This delectable sauce, the cauliflower dish cannot do without. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

7.     Remove the saucepan from the stove, stir in half the Gruy?re and half the fontina. Stir until well combined.

8.     With paper towels, pat the cauliflower dry.

9.     Put all of the cauliflower into the buttered baking dish. Then pour all of the cheesy sauce over the cauliflower and stir to coat.

10.   In a small bowl, add the rest of the cheese, toasted mustard seeds, turmeric, curry, cardamom, and stir these ingredients together.

11.  Top the casserole with the ingredients from the small bowl and bake for about 20 minutes. Bake until the casserole bubbles a little and turns golden.

12.  While casserole is baking, get out another small bowl. Add the panko flakes, chopped fresh thyme, and the extra virgin olive oil. Stir well to combine.

13.  Check oven to see if the casserole has turned golden. When it does, add all of the panko mixture over the top of the curry.

14.  Put the casserole back into the oven. Bake for another 8 to 10 minutes, until the topping gets crisp, which is what you want.

15.  Remove from oven and allow your cauliflower curry to cool down a bit (5 minutes or so) before you serve it

Topping has been sprinkled. Going into oven for the last time (about 8 to 10 minutes) until topping is crispy. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Serve with rice, quinoa, pasta, noodles, seafood, fish, poultry, lamb.

Or serve as an entree with a crisp salad, baguettee and a chilled glass of your favorite white wine.

The perfect combo: chilled white Burgundy and a gourmet cauliflower curry. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
We loved this chilled white Burgundy with the curried cauliflower. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

From Our Table to Yours

Have a Great Week Everyone!

Bon Appetit!

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