Tangy Cauliflower Recipe

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"Our children never liked cauliflower until I started serving it this way," reports Stephanie Myers of Mobile, Alabama. "They love the colorful mustard sauce-there are never any leftovers."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 145 calories, 13 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 150 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. Place cauliflower in a microwave-safe dish. Add water. Cover and microwave on high for 9-11 minutes or until tender. Combine mayonnaise, prepared mustard and ground mustard; spread over cauliflower. Sprinkle with cheese.
  2. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 30 seconds or until the cheese is melted. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Tangy Cauliflower in Quick Cooking September/October 1998, p51

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Reviewed Jan. 22, 2016

"Interesting flavour. My family loved this, I thought it was just okay. I didn't use microwave, just steamed cauliflower, added sauce and put in oven to melt cheese. I used Dijon mustard. Sometimes hard to get my son to eat vegies, so this is great that he really liked this dish!"

Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"I just made this for the first time tonight. Delicious and so easy! I love that it is cooked in the microwave. My new, favorite way to prepare cauliflower!"

Reviewed Aug. 2, 2010

"My new favorite way to eat cauliflower. I've even tried it without the ground mustard and just used dijon mustard and it turned out yummy."

Reviewed Jun. 24, 2010

" I've made this for ten years or so and it is so OVER THE TOP GOOD !  Just for color, I sprinkle a few chives on the top before serving.  I leave my whole and slice it in pie-shaped wedges.

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