Beyond the Veggie Platter: Best 5 Cauliflower Recipes

Food Network Kitchen's Healthy Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Sauce for Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes as seen on Food Network

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Much like simply grilled chicken and the classic hamburger, cauliflower is a culinary blank canvas that can be paired with myriad other flavors and textures, like creamy cheeses, bold spices and tangy hot sauce, depending on what you’re craving and what ingredients you happen to have on hand.

The beauty of cauliflower is that this vegetable can stand to be cooked at high temperatures and it maintains its sturdy consistency even when crumbled, so it can even be turned into something new altogether, like a pizza crust.

Check out Food Network’s top-five twists on cauliflower to get must-try recipe ideas from Katie Lee, Guy Fieri, Ina Garten and more of your favorite chefs.

Think of these baked cauliflower bites as a lighter alternative to the usually indulgent chicken wings, as this eat-with-your-hands snack boasts the beloved Buffalo flavor of hot sauce and a bit of butter. Don’t forget a side of cool sour cream-blue cheese sauce for easy dipping.

A one-pan side dish that comes together easily in the oven, Guy’s golden cauliflower is tossed with a four-spice mixture featuring fragrant cumin seeds and turmeric before it’s roasted and served with bright lime juice.

Food beauty of cauliflower pizza crust, as seen on Food Network’s The Kitchen, Season 4.,Food beauty of cauliflower pizza crust, as seen on Food Network’s The Kitchen, Season 4.

Photo by: Todd Plitt ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Todd Plitt, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

There’s no dough required to make Katie’s easy cauliflower-based pizza crust. She simply processes the vegetable until it’s fine, then adds eggs and a duo of cheese for moisture before shaping into a traditional circle and baking.

Ready to eat in only 35 minutes, Food Network Magazine’s healthy pasta delivers on both taste and texture, thanks to a sweet sauce of toasted onions, fresh basil and plenty of tender cauliflower. For a bite of welcome crunch, fry the onions with panko breadcrumbs and finish the dish with a sprinkle of pine nuts.

The star of Ina’s comforting veggie casserole is the rich cheese sauce she makes to pair with the cauliflower. Ina opts for a mix of Gruyere and Parmesan for an over-the-top nutty flavor.

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