10 Cauliflower Side Dishes for Any Day of the Week

10 Cauliflower Side Dishes for Any Day of the Week

While it may be too soon to call it, cauliflower might just be the new Brussels sprouts. From grilled cauliflower steaks to making cauliflower "rice," what can't cauliflower do? When you need a vegetable dish to add to dinner, consider the cauliflower and start with this top 10 list of our favorite recipes.

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1. Garlic & Sour Cream Mashed Cauliflower

Thanks to bags of frozen cauliflower, you can prep this side dish in just five minutes. It's perfect for those nights when you pick up a rotisserie chicken on the way home and are craving a mashed potato-like side.

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2. Cauliflower Fritters with Mint & Pea Spread

Make these fritters small and serve them as an appetizer, or make them latke-sized and serve them as a side with pork chops or roasted chicken.

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3. How To Make Cauliflower Rice

If you want to amp up the veggies in your stir-fry or just want a side dish that's a bit different from rice or couscous, try making this cauliflower rice instead. If you have a food processor, it's incredibly easy to make in batches and freeze.

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4. Roasted Winter Vegetables with Miso Lime Dressing

Cauliflower shares the stage with a few other winter favorites in this dish, but you can always play with the ratios to more prominently feature the cauliflower. No matter the mix, roasted veggies are always a hit, especially when tossed in this bright and earthy dressing.

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5. Yotam Ottolenghi's Cauliflower Cake

This is another versatile cauliflower recipe that can be a side dish or main course. And because it's just as good cold as it is fresh out of the oven or at room temperature, it's the perfect make-ahead lunch recipe.

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6. Grilled Chipotle-Lime Cauliflower Steaks

This smoky, spicy take on cauliflower works well as a vegetarian main dish or as a side. The refreshing burst of lime juice is the perfect finish to a mouth-watering dish. And if you've put the grill away for the year, you can still make them with the help of your broiler.

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7. Cauliflower Steaks with Ginger, Turmeric & Cumin

The Indian-inspired flavors in this dish make it stand out from the crowd. They perfectly complement the nuttiness that develops in the cauliflower steaks when they roast, and give this dish its golden hue.

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8. Broccoli & Cauliflower Gratin

Let's be honest, it's hard to go wrong with a gratin. This version with broccoli and cauliflower (a classic duo) benefits from plenty of cheese sauce and a healthy coating of breadcrumbs.

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9. Creamy Braised Cauliflower with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

We originally envisioned this dish as a main course, but it works just as well in smaller portions when served alongside roasted chicken. The braise involves a bit of milk for a totally creamy, rich flavor.

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10. Whipped Cauliflower with Crème Fraîche

Cauliflower and crème fraîche are a match made in heaven. The slight tartness of the crème fraîche plays perfectly off the earthiness of the cauliflower.

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