The very first time I made a variation of this sauce was for Thanksgiving as I took the classically heavy Green Bean Casserole and lightened it up into a nearly vegan dish, except for the Turkey broth (please note: a vegan broth would work well, it just wasn’t convenient). Stay tuned this November as this dish will be featured! Since I typically make the sauce from a gigantic head of cauliflower, I have noticed that it usually makes more sauce than I will need for one dinner. No problem, as this is my favorite way to batch cook. I love the idea of spending a few hours prepping dishes that help you get through the week, but I have noticed it is more realistic for me to make a dish and store the additional leftovers in parts. Then I repurpose the pieces of a meal into a completely new dish. It saves me time on the next meal without requiring an extra long cooking session to prepare batch dishes. It is like a continuous rotation of fun ingredients whenever I do this batch cooking method throughout the week. This creamy cauliflower sauce has started as a pasta sauce enhanced with lemon and asparagus and then the leftovers became a garlicky-cream sauce on a pizza. I also have folded it in with breakfast sausage for a light and delightful Biscuits & Gravy. Actually, after dining on that my husband was surprised to hear it was cauliflower and not milk based. I have made this sauce in a blender and in a food processor. Really it is not much more complicated than making a smoothie and steam-roasting a veggie. I prefer roasting the cauliflower with a few cloves of garlic for another layer of flavor.
1 head cauliflower
2-3 cloves garlic, depending on the size
1-2 teaspoons salt, to taste
2 cups water or broth, more as needed
1/2 Cup almonds
Optional flavor boosts, add one or more of the following to taste and depending on what you are making:
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast
1 lemon, zest and juice
For Biscuits + Gravy, keep it plain and add:
1/2 pound crumbled and cooked breakfast sausage
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
To make the sauce:
Preheat the oven to 375. Break the cauliflower up into mostly even pieces, including the stem, although discard the greens. Spread out on a roasting pan and toss in the garlic, sprinkle with half of the salt and pour in about 1 cup of water or broth. Cover the roasting pan with a lid or tightly with foil. Roast for about 35-50 minutes until the cauliflower is mostly falling apart. Add more liquid if needed, but keep it covered. Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, whip together the almonds with another cup of water or broth, blend until the nuts are mostly smooth.
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