A surprising vegetable dish that is both filling and flavorful

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Brenda Stanley
Tales of the Dinner Belle

Belle's Friends' Cauliflower Casserole
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I met a wonderful couple the other day that I will never forget. He told me he was 90 and she didn’t divulge her age -- and both of them looked wonderful and happy. They had been married for decades. They both love to cook, and he was a former chef. We talked for a long time about food and cooking, and how our easiest recipes are often our best.

And as we chatted, I was able to glean a recipe that sounded a bit strange, but turned out to be fabulous.

It is a perfect side dish for just about any meal and it only uses three ingredients. I call it Cauliflower Casserole and even if you aren’t a big fan of vegetables, this dish is sure to please. It is tangy and cheesy and full of crunchy texture.

I know that my new friends read this column every week, so I want to say thank you for the great new addition to my recipe file!

Belle’s Friends' Cauliflower Casserole

  • 1 head cauliflower, stem and leaves removed and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Place cauliflower in a large pot of boiling water and cook for about 10 minutes. Drain. Mix together the mayonnaise and cheese in a large bowl. Add the cauliflower and toss to coat. Place in a lightly sprayed 9-by-13 inch baking dish and bake in a 350-degree oven for about 20 minutes.

Brenda Stanley is the mother of five children, including two sets of twins, and a grandmother of three. She is a cookbook author and novelist. For more recipes and information, visit her website www.talesofthedinnerbelle.com.


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