When I was pregnant with Baby G, one of the few cravings I had was for yellow mustard. I remember eating a hotdog that was more mustard than anything else. And I may have eaten tortilla chips covered with mustard… That was weird. So, when I saw that this recipe for cheesy cauliflower included equal parts mayo and mustard, though it seemed a bit odd, I thought it just might work. After all, it wasn’t chips and mustard.
The picture looked pretty good, and I did have head of cauliflower threatening to go bad in my refrigerator. Plus, it looked really easy. One head of fresh cauliflower cut into florets, tossed in equal parts mustard and mayo, then topped with cheddar and baked. I had all of the ingredients, and the time, so I figured why not?
Pass or Fail?
When I do Pin Tests on recipes, I have two criteria for a “pass”: Would I make the recipe again? and Is this dish good enough to bring to a potluck?
Well, this recipe was very easy to make. And the end result wasn’t bad… But, it didn’t meet the criteria. Part of me wanted to like it. I think the part of my brain that recognized “Hey, there’s cheddar and mayo in this!” but then the rest of my brain was like “But this mustard flavor is a little different, the cauliflower is a little too crunchy, and it seems like it could use some seasoning”.
So, I wouldn’t say it outright failed. We ate our servings, and Gary, who had skipped lunch, went back for seconds. But, it didn’t quite pass either. It’s somewhere in a limbo between pass and fail. It was an okay dish, and if you have nothing better to do with a head of cauliflower, you can look it up and try it out yourself. Who knows, you may like it better than we did.
What’s your favorite cauliflower recipe?