Wow, so it's been a while. A long while. Although I am no longer vegan, I am still vegetarian and have been attempting to cook at home more frequently again. So here's my attempt to start this blog back up. Tonight Brett and I made Crusty Cauliflower and Ricotta Casserole, which is a recipe I got out of one of my favorite new cookbooks by Jeanne Lemlin, Quick Vegetarian Pleasures.
Crusty Cauliflower and Ricotta Casserole
Takes about 1 hour and serves 4 people.
2 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 c finely diced, drained tomatoes
1 medium cauliflower, cut into small flowerettes (about 6 cups)
3 large eggs
1 c part-skim ricotta cheese
3/4 c milk
1/4 c grated parmesan
1 tbsp freshly minced parsley
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
dash cayenne pepper
freshly ground pepper to taste
1 c grated Muenster cheese
1/4 c bread crumbs
1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Do not brown the garlic. Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the cauliflower and toss to coat all over with tomato mixture. Pour in a few tablespoons of water and cover the pan. Cook for about 7 minutes, or until the cauliflower is tender. Mine took a lot longer, probably about 12 minutes, but I kept my heat pretty low to avoid the spitting. Let sit for several minutes, until it is warm or room temperature.
2. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Butter a 12 x 7 x 2 inch ovenproof dish or other shallow 2 1/2 quart baking dish. I used a 3 quart dish and it was fine.
3. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Beat in the ricotta, milk, parmesan cheese, parsley, nutmeg, cayenne, pepper, and Muenster cheese. Stir in cauliflower mixture. Spread in the prepared dish and sprinkle on the bread crumbs.
4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Do not overcook, or the casserole will dry out.