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Five Fabulous Cauli-Blossom Dinner Party Ideas

April 29, 2022

Now that we're entertaining at home more, we want dishes that dazzle.

Cauli-Blossom® Fioretto® is an exciting new ingredient that is sure to impress even the most discerning food lover. Tall and willowy with brilliant, green stems, this Aussie-grown brassica will easily add style and diversity to the menu of your next dinner party or special night in. Cauliflower's elegant, good-looking cousin, Cauli-Blossom® is a head turner in the presentation stakes, while its delicate, sweet and creamy taste is a favourite with chefs and diners. Here’s five ways to wow friends and family at your next get-together or night in with Cauli-Blossom®.

A stalk of Cauli-Blossom on a napkin.

Elevate a standard recipe to something gourmet


A pasta dish is always a dinner party winner, but why stick with the same old ingredients when you can create a stand-out dish that will earn you praise as a cook and host?

While eggs, cream, streaky bacon and rigatoni or farfalle are de rigueur in an authentic carbonara, adding Cauli-Blossom is a clever way to elevate this much-loved pasta dish. Lightly sauteed with the bacon, then combined with the other ingredients, it adds flavour, crunch and visual appeal to comfort food at its finest. Serve your carbonara with a simple, Italian salad of bright, leafy romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, olives and croutons and sit back and wait for the compliments.

A bowl of Cauli Blossom Carbonara with parmesan cheese next to it.

 

Use Cauli-Blossom to decorate the plate


As all foodies know, we devour food with our eyes, not just our tastebuds.

A well-presented dish, that seduces visually, will have guests’ mouths watering before they even sample the first serving. Cauli-Blossom®, with its beautiful colouring, long stems and blossom-like florets, looks so pretty on the plate it naturally adds allure to any dish. In fact, this premium ingredient can’t help but shine, whether it’s a conversation starter crudite on a charcuterie plate, or a star ingredient in an on-trend recipe. Try adding its tender green stalks to avocado, Quke® cucumbers, Broccolini® and crispy lettuce for a Broccolini®, Fioretto® and Katsu Chicken Bowl. Of course, there’s plenty of other ways, in a wide variety of cuisines, to show off your styling and culinary skills with Cauli-Blossom®.

A bowl of katsu chicken with Broccolini and  Fioretto Cauli Blossom.

Treat guests to a delicate, nutty flavoured dish

With a milder, more appealing aroma and taste than cauliflower, Cauli-Blossom’s® creamy white heads and delicate flower clusters effortlessly work in harmony with other ingredients.

Its nutty flavour is deliciously distinctive, complementing popular dishes rather than overwhelming them. Developed in Japan, where it’s known as karifurore, this vegetable’s versatility, as well as the ability to use it in entirety with no waste, is prized by chefs and home gourmets. Try using Cauli-Blossom® with traditional Asian ingredients including white miso paste, ginger, rice wine, sesame seeds and soy sauce in Barbecued Broccolini and Fioretto® with Sesame Miso Dressing.

Brushed with a little olive oil, it chars up beautifully and helps create a sublime flavour. Toss it with chicken, lime, soy, ginger, snow peas and green onions in a light and healthy. Fioretto® Soy Chicken, Lime & Ginger Stir-Fry or combine it with coriander, lentils, and mustard seeds in a crowd-pleasing Indian Spiced Fioretto® and Lentil Pilaf.

A dish of Indian Spiced Pilaf with Cauli-Blossom Fioretto added as a topping.

Make Cauli-Blossom® the hero of the dish

While this non-GMO hybrid brassica makes a fine accompaniment to a main meal, it can also be featured at the front and centre of your dinner party menu.

For adventurous cooks, or health-conscious food lovers, an exotic vegetarian recipe such as Moroccan Roast Fioretto® with Faro, Pistachio, Pomegranate and Yoghurt will please both foodies and flexitarian friends.

Prepared with ingredients such as harissa paste, toasted pistachios and pomegranate molasses, it’s sophisticated enough to serve as a stunning main course. Or, grill Cauli-Blossom® with sweet potato and serve with a slaw inside a soft tortilla for a deceptively casual dish that adds a sense of fun to an evening with family and friends.

Say cheese, but be superior

Everyone loves a cheesy supper but nights in will never be boring or predictable with Fioretto® Cauli-Blossom® on the dinner menu.

As the weather cools, it’s the perfect time to reinvent a family favourite – cauliflower cheese – with the new hero of the produce aisle. Experiment with Fioretto® Cauli-Blossom® with Cheese Sauce and you’ll discover a new way to present a classic, family favourite. With a little Dijon mustard and some panko breadcrumbs, it’s gourmet all the way. Or grill it under an avalanche of parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs and get ready for requests for more.

A tray of CauliBlossom Fioretto with cheese sauce on top.

 

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