Okay, I was going to call this a fail. But it really wasn't. It depends on how you look at it. It was an experiment and the flavors and textures did go well together. I made it work. That's what you do in life. If something doesn't work, you pivot and change your plan. After all, experimental is the theme of my cooking.
I had seen pictures of whole cooked cauliflower on Instagram and it looked kinda cool. A quick internet search returned a recommendation for a cooking temperature of 350 degrees and cooking time of 15 minutes in the air fryer. I don't have a regular oven, so I'm always looking for air fryer recipes. I just needed to have an idea of how to cook it.
I made my own flavor combination and cooked it accordingly. It looked appetizing, but was still hard when I tried to poke it with a fork. So I cooked it for 10 more minutes, but when I cut it in half, the middle wasn't cooked through. So I cut it up into florets to have it cook evenly. My instructions below are for the way I made it.
- 1 head cauliflower
- 8 cloves garlic
- olive oil for lightly cooking garlic
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 2-3 Tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoon ground black pepper
- 2-3 Tablespoons dried parsley
- Lightly fry garlic cloves in olive oil. Remove garlic and let cool.
- Cut off excess leaves and as much of the stem as you can from the bottom of the cauliflower.
- Spread mayonnaise evenly over cauliflower.
- Chop garlic and pat onto cauliflower.
- Sprinkle Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and ground pepper, and dried parsley onto cauliflower.
- Air fry for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Cut into florets and air fry for 10 more minutes at 400 degrees.
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