Let me tell you, mistakes can be tasty! I was at the nursery stocking up on plants for my garden and bought a lovely bunch of snowball cabbage seedlings. I took them home and planted them in my garden. Imagine my surprise when I realized about a week later that I didn’t have cabbage but cauliflower – the flat had been mislabeled! I found out two things. Young cauliflower looks exactly like young snowball cabbage, and cauliflower can grow in my garden.
I had never bothered to grow cauliflower before, because in my corner of the midwest they don’t usually produce well, but they really took off with our cold, wet spring.
Cauliflower starts to produce in about the same amount of time as cabbage. At about 6-8 weeks I started cutting my first heads of both cauliflower and cabbage. I did find out that you need to cut cauliflower when it’s still cool in the morning or the heads start to dry up. Next time we have a cool, wet spring, I will probably plant cauliflower again. I will plant less however; as the leaves get large they take up space that I usually would use for other things.
I just finished cutting all my heads of cabbage, the heat really turned up here, and I had to get them out of the hot sun. The green peppers and onions are ready, so I will be making some freezer coleslaw, fresh slaw and cabbage rolls!
Cauliflower Hot Dish
1 large head of cauliflower, broken into florets about the same size
2 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 425.
Spray a large casserole dish (I use a 9 x 13 glass dish).
Place olive oil and garlic in a plastic bag (one that seals), and mix together.
Add cauliflower and shake it until the florets are covered.
Pour into casserole dish then sprinkle with salt and pepper. I cover my casserole with foil but not tightly.
Bake 25 minutes, stirring halfway through (about 12 minutes or so).
Watch closely, as it can cook too fast and I like a little crunch to mine, but depends how you like your veggies cooked.
Top with Parmesan cheese and parsley, and broil 3-5 minutes.
About the Author:
Snickers is a country gal at heart who loves holidays, quilting, antiques and has a passion for gardening. In her spare time she keeps herself busy as an estate cleaner and volunteers for many organizations. Her bucket list overflows.