5 Ingredients or Fewer


October  4, 2022
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  • Serves a small gathering
Author Notes

I love the bright green and red colors of this appetizer. It looks gorgeous in the middle of a table. The cauliflowers at the farmers' market are a stunning display of bright colors...orange, green and purple. Here I have dressed up a plain white one so that it holds its own for gaudiness and especially for taste! —dymnyno

What You'll Need
  • 1 white cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (preferably homemade, but Best Foods/Hellmans if not)
  • 1 tbs curry powder
  • 1/2 cup shelled and roasted pistachio nuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • s & p
  1. Freeze the cranberries...it will make them easier to process into small pieces in a food processer. Otherwise they will be gummy. When firm enough, process them until they are tiny bits.
  2. Process the pistachios into little bits.
  3. Trim the bottom of the cauliflower so that it sits flat. You can carefully remove the head from the leaves so that they remain a "bowl" of leaves.
  4. In a large pot, steam the cauliflower head until very tender...about 10 to 15 minutes. Cool.
  5. Mix 1/2 cup of mayonnaise with 1 tbs of curry powder .
  6. "Frost" the cauliflower head completely with the mayonnaise.
  7. Sprinkle the cauliflower head with the pistachio nuts and then with the cranberry bits pressing to firmly stick them into the mayonnaise.
  8. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.
  9. Place the head back into the bowl of cauliflower leaves.
  10. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Serve with a baguette or crackers. Use a small spoon to serve.

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2 Reviews

gingerroot October 2, 2010
What a beautiful presentation. I like your contrast of flavors and textures here - cauliflower, curry, pistachio, cranberry - and bet it tastes amazing.
Lizthechef October 2, 2010
Looks pretty and delicious - like the hint to freeze cranberries before processing!