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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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!"

Reviewed Jan. 18, 2014

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

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."

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!"

Reviewed Sep. 8, 2011

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

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