All the testing is done. I've made all the mistakes that you might have and now you can follow my tips and this recipe and get it right from the start.
1. Use your food processor's shredding blade.
I started my recipe testing using the S-shaped blade (Sabatier blade, apparently that's what it's called). I had to process the cauliflower in small batches, pulse each one, then pull out the leftover larger chunks and scoop out the riced cauliflower. Then do it all over again for the next batch. It was tedious. When I switched to the shredding blade, all I did was cut the cauliflower in chunks that fit into the feeder tube, then put them all through the shredder. It was a breeze!
2. Don't let your cauliflower sit.
I'm a big fan of any do-ahead prepping. In the case of cauliflower, the less time before you cook it, the better the flavor and texture. I also found that when I "riced" the cauliflower too far in advance, I lost quite a bit of volume. Even more so than just your normal cooking-veggies-loss-of-volume.
3. Double the recipe.
Mostly because it's so delicious, but also because like most vegetables, this cauliflower will cook down. See number 2 above.
4. Get creative.
I know you've seen the cool recipes. Cauliflower can handle some strong and interesting flavors, think buffalo cauliflower bites, cauliflower pizza crust and cauliflower cheesy tots. This cauliflower "rice" can morph into fried rice with a little chicken, some peas, carrots, onion, garlic and soy sauce. Or, a pilaf, by adding some chopped dates and toasted pine nuts.
Cauliflower "rice" pilaf with toasted pine nuts and chopped dates.
Cauliflower "Rice" (Vegan and Gluten-free)
- 1 large head, fresh cauliflower
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Cut cauliflower into small florets (sized to fit through your food processor's feeder tube). Attach the shredding blade to your food processor and feed the head of cauliflower through to "rice" it. Preheat a large non-stick saute pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Saute the "riced" cauliflower over medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the kosher salt and check for seasonings. Serve hot or warm.