Fresh Cauliflower tends to be insect infested. Please check “Special Instructions” below for information on insect inspection of caulifower.
Frozen cauliflower should be carefully scanned for signs of infestation but requires no further checking unless insects are found.
1 large cauliflower (about 2 pounds)
salt and pepper to taste
3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 to 6 oz. mushrooms, quartered
2 large eggs
1 tablespoons matzo meal (optional)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 375. Divide cauliflower into medium florets. Cut peel from large stalk and slice stalk. Boil cauliflower in large saucepan of boiling salted water 8 to 10 minutes or until stalks are very tender. Drain well and cool. Puree in food processor, leaving a few chunks. Transfer to a bowl. Heat 2 to 3 tablespoons oil in medium skillet, add the onion and sauté approx. 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms together with the onion over medium heat about 5 minutes or until mushrooms and onions are light brown. Remove from heat. Add the eggs and matzo meal to the cauliflower mixture. Season well with salt and pepper. Lightly stir the mushroom mixture and any oil in the pan into the egg/cauliflower mixture. Grease a shallow 9 in. square baking dish. Add cauliflower mixture. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon oil over top. Sprinkle with paprika, then with the walnuts. Bake 30 minutes or until set. To serve, cut carefully in squares and run knife around edges. Use spoon to remove portions.
Cauliflower Infestation: Thrips may be found on the thin white branches or between the tightly packed cauliflower florets. These insects are easily discernible as their black color contrasts with the white vegetable. Small orange insects may at times be seen clinging to the outside of the cauliflower. These insects are easily washed off.
1. Separate and remove cauliflower florets from the stem
2. Examine several pieces of the cauliflower paying careful attention to the under part of the floret
3. Wash thoroughly before using.
4. Heads of cauliflower that are found to be infested are difficult to clean and should not be used