Cauliflower Casserole

Cauliflower Casserole |

Cauliflower is not a favorite vegetable of most people, maybe because of its tastelessness,  you know it doesn’t have a distinctive flavor. Some people may also not love its scent when boiling. I know a great tip to remove that nasty smell: Put half lemon into its water and then boil. Your kitchen will never smell  that bad with the help of this lemon. We will throw it away when cauliflower florets are done.

This cauliflower casserole is the dish which made us love cauliflower, even get addicted to it! I learnt it from a colleague. We would hardly have cauliflower before I learnt how to make this tasty dish from her, so I owe her a lot! A I know it’s a healthy Winter vegetable, I tried several recipes and they couldn’t make this magical effect on us. I’m not that picky, there is no vegetable that I don’t eat. But I enjoy some of them more, cauliflower was absolutely not of my favorite vegetables. My husband would have more difficulty in eating this lovely but bland flower like vegetable. Not anymore! He now asks when we will have cauliflower next. So if anyone in your family has a problem with cauliflower, try this recipe. I promise it will become one of your favorite vegetables.


Cauliflower Casserole |

Note: Cauliflower means Karnabahar in Turkish, which means ‘Spring in stomach’. Isn’t it so cute? Let cauliflower bring Spring in your stomach with this tasty casserole too!

Cauliflower Casserole |

Some grated cheese always makes foods even more tasty!

Cauliflower Casserole |

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This cauliflower Casserole is a perfect comforting dish for winter!
Serves: 4-6
  • ½ head cauliflower
  • ½ lemon, to prevent bad scent when boiling
  • water to boil cauliflower
  • 250g ground beef
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp pepper paste (or tomato paste)
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 2 green peppers, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • salt
  • ground black pepper (I recommend you to use a generous amount of it for this dish)
  • 1 cup kasar cheese, grated (any cheese that melts works fine)
  1. Cut the cauliflower head into bite-sized florets. Wash them well. Put them in a large pot with half lemon and pour water onto them.
  2. Boil until florets tender, but not mushy. Cooking for 15 minutes after boiling will be enough.
  3. Take it from stove and drain. Don’t pour any cold water on them. Keep them as they are.
  4. Meanwhile prepare the ground beef mixture in a separate pot.
  5. Put ground beef in a pot, cover the pot and cook it over medium heat until it releases water and absorbs back. Stir it occasionally.
  6. Then add olive oil, chopped onion and green pepper, stir. Don’t cover the pot at this step.
  7. Toss chopped tomato after a few minutes.
  8. Mix pepper paste and hot water in a bowl and pour it into the pot. Cover the pot and let it cook for about 10 minutes.
  9. Then add salt and a generous amount of ground black pepper.
  10. Cook it for about 10 or 15 minutes more.
  11. Preheat oven at 200 C.
  12. Transfer the boiled cauliflower florets into a baking dish (I used an oval casserole dish) when they are still hot. We don’t need to oil the dish.
  13. Toss half of grated kasar cheese on them. This cheese gives a great flavor to cauliflower, so don’t skip this ingredient.
  14. Then spread ladles of ground beef mixture to cover the clauflower florets. Press on it with the reverse side of a spoon to make it tight so that it will be easier to share it on plates when serving. Bake it for about 20 minutes.
  15. Take it from oven and layer the rest of cheese on the top. Bake it until the cheese melts for about 5 minutes.
  16. Serve it hot. You can slice it in squares and share it on plates.
  17. A small bowl of yogurt will make a perfect pair with this wonderful cauliflower dish.


  1. says

    I love cauliflower but agree it can be really nasty if overcooked. I cook cauliflower cheese regularly but I love your addition of the ground beef, peppers and tomatoes making it a tasty main dish rather than a side.

  2. says

    I love the sound of this. I don’t eat ground beef, so I’m hoping that ground turkey or chicken would be just fine. Cause I really want to make this asap! Thanks for the tip with the lemon. I can’t tell you how many times my husband comes home while I’m steaming cauliflower and pinches his nose. This will be great!

  3. Kate @ says

    Creamy cauliflower is so good! I know that most people don’t like cauliflower, but they would change their mind if you gave them this recipe … delish!

    • says

      We have musakka in our cuisine too, but with eggplant, zucchini and potato. I don’t know why but just these are called musakka when they are cooked with ground beef.

  4. says

    Ne kadar lezzetli görünüyor. Çok güzel yapmışsın, ellerine sağlık. En çok sevdiğim kış sebzelerinden biridir. Salata ya da yemek olarak haftada bir masamızda yerini alır:)) Afiyet olsun…

    • says

      Bu yemeği keşfettiğimizden beri biz de çok sık tüketiyoruz artık. Yemediğimiz önceki zamanlara da ah vah diyerek :)

  5. veggietestkitchen says

    this looks fantastic. I used to hate cauliflower until I had it mashed like potatoes. it’s a great canvas for other flavors and I’ve been seeing it around the blogs a lot recently. maybe it’s catching on =) cheers.

    • says

      It has many health benefits, so people should be more aware of this vegetable. And we as bloggers help people for this!

  6. says

    I think I would love this dish alot… I am just not sure if my kids would though. Thanks for sharing the recipe and for the lemon tip :)

  7. Kankana says

    looks delicious .. i never made cauliflower this way ever .. time to try !

  8. says

    Thanks for the tip on the lemon! I haven’t heard of that before, and just happen to buy a head of cauliflower to cook tomorrow.

    And this recipe sounds just delicious! I’m going to make very soon.

  9. says

    We love cauliflower, so I can only imagine how much we would love this dish! It looks so flavorful and comforting. Thanks for always making me smile with your words, photos and recipes. I hope that your Wednesday is full of joy!

  10. megi says

    I LOVE cauliflower, my mom makes a dish similar to this one but hers includes a layer of bechamel on top of the ground meat, I’ll definitely try your version, looks delicious, as always.

  11. says

    Cauliflower is very popular around our dinner table. My youngest eats it raw and claims that it beats carrots taste every time. Between cauliflower fritters, pickeled cauliflower, and cauliflower cassarole, I choose cassarole every time. Mine though is cooked in a creamy sauce and served with rice. Thank you for sharing Zerrin, wonderful dish and inviting photos :)

  12. says

    What a delicious way to eat cauliflower, Zerrin! It sounds like it’s full of flavor and I love that cheesy topping!

  13. says

    I have never heard of this cheese = but what a gorgeous and easy recipe! YUMMY. I love raw cauliflower and find it delicious when cooked, too!

  14. OysterCulture says

    This dish sounds just scrumptious and I love learning the lemon trick. I used to think that cauliflower was tasteless until I tried the home grown variety and then learned of its delicious subtle flavor. What a treat!


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