Sunday, October 27, 2013

Twice-Cooked Greek Cauliflower Recipe with Feta, Green Onions, and Dill

Twice-Cooked Greek Cauliflower with Feta, Green Onions, and Dill
Jake and I loved this Twice-Cooked Greek Cauliflower with Feta, Green Onions, and Dill.

Cauliflower really is your friend when you're trying eat a diet that's loaded with healthy vegetables.  Through the years I've shared lots of tasty cauliflower recipes, but I'm guessing Twice-Baked Cauliflower, Ham and Cauliflower Casserole Au Gratin, and Pureed Cauliflower with Garlic, Parmesan, and Goat Cheese must be the most popular cauliflower recipes on the blog.  The combination of cauliflower + cheese usually guarantees a winner, so when thoughts of a cauliflower dish with Feta cheese and other Greek flavors popped into my head last spring, I thought it would be easy to come up with a recipe.  But by the time Jake and I had tried four versions of this Twice-Cooked Greek Cauliflower with Feta, Green Onions, and Dill to get the one we both loved, the weather was getting so hot I knew you wouldn't want to turn on your oven.  I've been saving the recipe since May waiting for cooler weather so I could share this for a Meatless Monday dish; hope all the other cauliflower fans out there will like it as much as we did!

Admittedly I'm a huge cauliflower fan, and I'd be perfectly happy with a big serving of this as a meatless main dish, but if you're not quite that fond of cauliflower, this could also be a nice side dish. You could even serve it alongside some meat if you don't really care about the whole Meatless Monday thing!  (If you are a Meatless Monday fan, you can find more meatless recipes by clicking the label Meatless Monday anywhere you see it on the blog, and you also might like to see my Meatless Monday Pinterest Board, where there are meatless recipes by food bloggers from all over the web.)

Start a pot of water boiling and chop up a large head of cauliflower into smallish pieces.  When the water boils, add the cauliflower and cook about 10 minutes.

While the cauliflower boils, put the Greek yogurt in a strainer and let some of the liquid drain out.

Measure out one cup of crumbled Feta Cheese.

Slice the green onions.  (Yes, I really used a whole cup!)

When the cauliflower is starting to soften, drain it well into a colander.

Then use a potato masher to mash it into smaller pieces.  (I kept it a bit chunky.)

By now this much liquid has drained out of the Greek yogurt.

Combine the drained Greek yogurt, cream cheese, Feta, green onions, Greek Seasoning, dried dill, and Spike Seasoning (if using.)

Then mix in the mashed cauliflower, stirring until it's combined with the yogurt mixture.  Season to taste with fresh-ground black pepper. 

Slice up as many Greek olives as you'd like for a topping, or use plain black olives if you prefer.  (You could also cut them in rings if you'd like smaller pieces.

Put the mixture into a rectangular-shaped casserole dish and press the olives on to the top.  (Ideal dish size is about 9 x 12 inches, but anything close will work.)

Bake at 375F/190C for 35-40 minutes, or until the top is starting to slightly brown and the mixture is bubbling.  Serve hot.


Twice-Cooked Greek Cauliflower with Feta, Green Onions, and Dill
(Makes 6-8 side dish servings or 4-6 main dish servings; recipe created by Kalyn.)

Ingredients:
1 large head cauliflower, stem and core removed and chopped fairly small
1 1/4 cups plain fat free Greek Yogurt, drained to remove some liquid
4 oz. low-fat cream cheese
1 cup crumbled Feta Cheese (not pressed down)
1 cup sliced green onion
1 tsp. Greek Seasoning
1 tsp. dried dill weed
1 tsp. Spike Seasoning (optional, but good.) 
10-12 Kalamata olives or other black olives, sliced into half or cut into rings

Instructions:
Pre-heat oven to 375F/190C.  Take cream cheese out of the fridge to soften.  

Start heating a large pot of water on the stove.  Cut cauliflower in half, cut out stem and core, and chop the cauliflower into smallish pieces.  When the water comes to a boil, add the cauliflower and boil about 10 minutes (or until it's starting to soften.)  Dump cauliflower into a colander placed in the sink and let it drain well. 

Put the Greek yogurt into a fine-mesh strainer that's placed in a large measuring cup and let the yogurt drain while you prep the other ingredients.  If your yogurt is fresh and really thick, you might be able to get away with skipping this step.)

While the cauliflower cooks and the yogurt drains, slice the green onions, crumble the Feta, cut olives in half or in rings, and spray a 9 x 12 (or similar size) baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

When the cauliflower is well-drained, mash slightly with a potato masher, until it's as mashed as you'd like it.  (I kept it slightly chunky.)  Put the drained yogurt into a medium-sized bowl and combine with the softened cream cheese, crumbled Feta, sliced green onion, Greek Seasoning, dried dill weed, and Spike Seasoning.  Add the mashed cauliflower and stir until it's combined with the yogurt mixture.  Season to taste with freshly-ground black pepper.

Put the cauliflower mixture into the baking dish and press down so it's flat; then press the olives into the top.  Bake 35-40 minutes, or until the top is starting to brown and the mixture is bubbling.  Serve hot.

This won't freeze well, but it will stay good in the fridge for several days and can be reheated in the microwave or in a small baking dish in the oven.

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South Beach Suggestions:
Cauliflower is a wonderful low-glycemic vegetable for the South Beach Diet, and as long as it's made with fat-free Greek yogurt and low-fat cream cheese, this recipe would be approved for any phase of the diet.  (Feta is a relatively low-fat cheese, but don't eat a lot of other cheese on the same day you have this.)

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

More Meatless Cauliflower Recipes for Cauliflower Fans:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Creamy Vegan Cauliflower and Kale Soup ~ Chick in the Kitchen
Cauliflower Crust Vegetarian Pizza with Mushrooms and Olives ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Creamy Vegan Mashed Cauliflower ~ Everyday Maven
Mashed Cauliflower with Cheese and Dill ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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10 comments:

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Even a cauliflower skeptic like me would love this dish! Olives and feta can perk up anything, and the cauliflower sounds just like creamy mashed potatoes.

Kalyn Denny said...

Lydia, I do think you would like it; so good!

Joanne said...

I adore roasted cauliflower and can totally get behind the idea of smothering it in Greek yogurt and feta! Which are also two of my favorite things. :)

Kalyn Denny said...

Thanks Joanne. I think our tastebuds think alike!

NancyN said...

If I don't have Greek seasoning, what combo of spices would work?

Kalyn Denny said...

Nancy, I included the link for Greek Seasoning so you can click on it and see what spices it contains. There are a lot of brands, but they're all pretty similar.

Danielle said...

Love that Greek seasoning! I've been using it since you recommended a while back.

How did this taste before you baked it? Thinking it might be good cold, too.

Kalyn Denny said...

Danielle, I didn't taste it when it was cold, but I can't imagine why it wouldn't taste ok. The cauliflower has been cooked though, so it will be slightly warm.

Julie said...

I made this last night - WOW. Absolutely loved it.

Kalyn Denny said...

Julie, so glad!

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