Finnish Cauliflower Recipe
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Finnish Cauliflower Recipe

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After my Finnish grandmother passed away, I found a large index card in a box of her trinkets. I had the writing translated, and it turned out to be this festive casserole. —Judy Batson, Tampa, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 cups cubed day-old rye bread
  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup flat beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 261 calories, 18g fat (12g saturated fat), 158mg cholesterol, 387mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein.


  1. Place bread in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan; bake at 300° for 15-20 minutes or until crisp. In a large skillet, saute cauliflower in butter with the caraway seeds until tender. Remove from the heat; stir in bread and cheese. Transfer to a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, beer, mustard, coriander and pepper. Pour over bread mixture. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Finnish Cauliflower in Taste of Home December/January 2011, p109

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Lee User ID: 9052282 260246
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2017

"The flavor of the beer overpowered everything else and was off-putting. I might try it again without the beer, though I'm not sure what liquid to substitute for it."

creativedolan User ID: 4465854 176900
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2014

"I really enjoyed this dish. it's light , but has a lot of interesting flavors. certainly making this again in the future!"

kkjensen User ID: 6323525 123928
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2014

"every one loves this recipe I have requests for it after every potluck I take it to."

MY REVIEW User ID: 77962 191557
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

"This is a tasty comfort food that is easy for non-cauliflower lovers to eat, and it is a good use for old bread. On the other hand, it is not as flavorful as I expected; perhaps more spices would bump it up a little. But still, it's worth making again when I need a filling side dish with a bit of veggie nutrition tucked inside."

markaitym User ID: 6028093 182104
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2012

"I used light butter and cheese and 4 egg whites and one whole egg. A self-proclaimed cauliflower hater was the one who polished it off!"

Annie1227 User ID: 4334630 149110
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2011

"Have made this recipe several times and it is one of my favorites!"

judypepiot User ID: 3505332 190369
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2010

"I had a 2# chunk of ham and was debating on chunking it up into a pasta dish when this recipe in the new tasteofhome edition caught my eye. I made this cauliflower dish exactly as presented, using my favorite Oroweat Dill Rye bread and warmed the sliced ham with apricot jam atop. Fresh green beans compleated the meal. This is a rich dish so I can make it a main dish with a big salad too!"

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