Finland, Finland, Finland, the Casserole I’d Quite Like to Eat

What’s cooking tonight, the last Friday before Lent? It’s Finnish McCool Cauliflower, an adaptation of “Finnish Cauliflower” from Taste of Home. I’ve wanted to try this for a while but was reluctant, assuming my kids wouldn’t ever eat it in a million years. I mean… cauliflower? Then a few weeks ago, I discovered my oldest (aka Princess Pickypants) eating all the cauliflower first when given a dish of chickpea salad. I had to make some adjustments to the TOH version, given my husband doesn’t like some of the ingredients in the original, and I know I’ll have to top it with something to entice the other half of First Shift of Kids to eat it. Also, we don’t have any rye bread in the house, but we do have leftover French bread from our St. Valentine’s Fondue Feast. Either way, the end result should be a one-dish dinner, veggies included.

Finnish McCool Cauliflower Bake

2 cups of cubed bread
1 small head of cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 small onion, finely diced
1 T butter
1 T olive oil
3 c shredded sharp cheddar
4 eggs, beaten
1 c beer
1/4 tsp pepper
2 T bleu cheese crumbles

Toast bread cubes in a 300F oven for 15-20 minutes or until crispy. In a large (well-seasoned cast-iron if you have it) skillet, sautee onion and cauliflower until lightly browned, and remove from heat. Stir in bread and cheese. If you’re not using an oven-safe skillet, transfer to a greased 11X7 baking dish. Whisk eggs, beer and pepper together and pour over bread mixture. Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

I shall update later with how it went over. This is just my only time to type today, given a sick toddler and a sick Mrs. Mackerelsnapper.

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About Erin McCole Cupp
Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to CatholicMom.com and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find out more about her novels and other projects at erinmccolecupp.com .

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