If you thought you didn't like cauliflower, try this! It's an awesome treat for a festive table. Beautiful presentation and something out of the ordinary.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Clean cauliflower, and trim off leaves and any brown spots. Place the whole head of cauliflower into a steamer basket, place the basket in a large pot, and add one inch of water. Cover, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook for about 20 minutes or until tender.

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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a medium bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, melted margarine. Season with garlic powder, salt, red pepper flakes, and oregano, and mix well. Place the head of cauliflower into a baking dish, and coat with the breadcrumb mixture.

  • Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

148.5 calories; 5 g protein; 14.7 g carbohydrates; 1.6 mg cholesterol; 379.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2006
Before making this recipe I read most of the reviews. Here is what I did to infuse flavor into the cauliflower. I cut the cauliflower into bite-size pieces and simmered it in chicken broth until tender crisp, drained it, then tossed the cauliflower with the bread crumb topping. I transfered the whole mixture to a buttered casserole. Drizzled with some extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkling of Locatelli Romano cheese. Positively DELICIOUS, everyone LOVED it, and no leftovers! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/25/2011
I was a little disappointed in this. I read the prior reviews and followed the frequent suggestion of brushing melted butter onto the cauliflower and then dredging it through the crumb mixture rather than just mixing the butter in with the crumbs. However even having done that the crumbs didn't stick well. Maybe a light eggwash would help? Also I steamed my cauliflower an extra 10 minutes and baked it an extra 5 but it was still a little tough. I might try this again cutting it up instead of serving it whole -- but that does seem to defeat the purpose a bit! Read More
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445 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 248
  • 4 star values: 128
  • 3 star values: 50
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2006
Before making this recipe I read most of the reviews. Here is what I did to infuse flavor into the cauliflower. I cut the cauliflower into bite-size pieces and simmered it in chicken broth until tender crisp, drained it, then tossed the cauliflower with the bread crumb topping. I transfered the whole mixture to a buttered casserole. Drizzled with some extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkling of Locatelli Romano cheese. Positively DELICIOUS, everyone LOVED it, and no leftovers! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2004
Best cauliflower ever!!! I tested this out on just the 2 of us - cooking it whole - I was skeptical on how it would be to serve. TRY IT - it is really easy and I think will definitely be a conversation piece at the table. My guy looooved it! I followed recipe exactly except I took the suggestions of other submitters and brushed the butter on the caulifower and then added the dry crumbs mixed with seasonings. It adhered easily. When it comes out of the oven - just put it on a plate and serve it with a spoon - it is so tender. P.S. I steamed mine hrs. in advance and when the roast was almost done put on the final touches and popped it in the oven. This is a KEEPER!! Thanks submitter! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2004
I have made this recipe twice and loved it! The first time I also had a little trouble getting the bread coating to stick to the sides. That was a little disappointing cause the presentation would be much improved with a nice over all golden coating. The second time I made it I used a bar-b-que marinade brush and brushed melted butter over the entire head and THEN coated it. PROBLEM SOLVED! Great presentation! My husband LOVES it!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2006
I used the suggestion of another member and cut the cauliflower into pieces and then simmered it in chicken broth until tender. I then drained it tossed it with the mixture and baked as directed. It was a HUGE hit! My husband ate all but the one serving that I ate at dinner tonight! Great recipe!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2006
The secret to having cauliflower with flavor is steaming/simmering it in chicken broth. Then put it in the oven with the breadcrumb mixture. Yummmmmmmy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2003
This is the most delicious recipe I've ever tried. I took the advice of one of the reviewers, and cut the head into large pieces. I "steamed" it in the microwave. It was hard to get the mixture to stick, so on my second try (the head was big enough to make two "cookings")I melted the butter and drizzled it over the cauliflower. Then I mixed the remaining ingredients together & sprinkled them over before baking.This worked well and came out great. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2004
Loved this! I cut up & micro steamed the cauliflower (in a pampered chef micro steamer) which took minutes then baked it....YUM! I will next time drizzle the butter and then the bread crumbs as others have suggested but the taste of the end result is ohh so yummy! Thanks Ariela!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2008
This was beautiful and delicious. I chose to prepare this whole and it made a beautiful presentation (check out the photo I submitted). This is what I did to make it turn out really beautiful and coated all over: Steamed as directed in recipe. Then I mixed all the dry ingredients(no butter) in a large cereal bowl. I sprayed the steamed cauliflower head with cooking spray then placed it upside down in the cereal bowl mixture. I used a spoon to press the mixture around the rest of the head. I placed it back right side up on a pie pan and gave it another spray all over to help it get crispy then cooked as directed. Delicious and a little healthier from omitting the butter:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2003
Hooray...I have found a new way to prepare cauliflower. My hubby and I love veggies and cauliflower is at the top of our list. Steaming and stir-frying were getting old but this is my favorite new way to prepare it. I absolutely love this. Can't say much for the kids. I don't think my four year old would even touch this if I drowned it in chocolate but he's like that with everything. I too cut mine into florets and poured the butter over and sprinkled on the rest. I'm looking forward to making this one again. Thanks so much Ariela. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/25/2011
I was a little disappointed in this. I read the prior reviews and followed the frequent suggestion of brushing melted butter onto the cauliflower and then dredging it through the crumb mixture rather than just mixing the butter in with the crumbs. However even having done that the crumbs didn't stick well. Maybe a light eggwash would help? Also I steamed my cauliflower an extra 10 minutes and baked it an extra 5 but it was still a little tough. I might try this again cutting it up instead of serving it whole -- but that does seem to defeat the purpose a bit! Read More
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