Cauliflower Cake with Pecorino and Basil
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This is a fabulous, quick and easy side dish. Serve Cauliflower Cake with Pecorino and Basil as a side dish with any protein or on it's own with a salad. Slices are fabulous warmed in the microwave the next day for lunch.
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6-8
  • I medium cauliflower, outer leaves removed and broken into florets
  • 1 medium red onion, ⅓ into thin slices, the rest diced
  • 5 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary, chopped
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1½ cups Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • 2-3 teaspoons dried sweet basil OR ½ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • Salt & Ground Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
  2. Brush the sides and bottom of an 8" springform pan with melted butter. Place an 8" circle of parchment paper in the bottom and sprinkle the sides with the white & black sesame seed mixture. Set aside.
  3. Place cauliflower in a medium saucepan. Add ½ cup of water. Bring the water to a boil. Cover with a lid. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 15 minutes until the florets are soft. Drain in a colander. Set aside.
  4. In a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil and chopped red onion. Add rosemary. Reduce heat, stir and saute for 15 minutes until the onion is soft but not burned. Set aside to cool.
  5. Add the cooled onion mixture to a medium-sized bowl. Add eggs and whisk well until combined. Add 1¼ cups of grated cheese, flour, baking powder, basil, salt and pepper to the egg mixture. Stir to combine.
  6. Slightly mash the cooked and cooled cauliflower florets. Add to the egg mixture along with the basil.. Gently stir to combine.
  7. Pour the mixture into prepared pan. Top with sliced red onions.
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  10. Cut into wedges and serve sprinkled with grated Pecorino Romano.
  11. YUM!
Cauliflower Cake with Pecorino and Basil is a fantastic leftover warmed in the microwave. Served with a big salad and some crusty bread for another meal. It's a great dish to take for lunch the next day.

Feel free to substitute frozen cauliflower florets - you'll need 2-12oz packages - follow package directions to prepare for the recipe. Or sub fresh florets or cauliflower rice from the produce department.

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