poor man's "shrimp" cocktail

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Pam Stewart
Grand Rapids, MI

My February Bon Appetit magazine came last week and I saw this recipe on the RSVP page. Chef Kevin Roberts turns cauliflower into a recipe that really tastes like shrimp after giving it a hot bath in geniusly seasoned water and a dunk in some cocktail sauce. It was hard to believe it could possibly come close. Give it a try and see what you think. A great treat for your vegan or allergic guests for Superbowl!!

★★★★★ 2
serves MANY
prep time 15 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For poor man's "shrimp" cocktail

  • 1 c
    dry crab boil seasoning ( such as old bay, zatarain's or mccormick
  • 1/4 c
    kosher salt
  • 2
    yellow onions, quartered
  • 6
    garlic cloves
  • 3
    lemons, halved crosswise
  • 2
    1 pound heads of cauliflower, cored and trimmed inot 2" florets
  • cocktail sauce

How To Make poor man's "shrimp" cocktail

  • 1
    Combine crab boil, salt, onions, garlic and 6 quarts of water in a large pot. Squeeze juice from lemons into pot and add lemon halves. Set pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes to let flavors meld.
  • 2
    With a slotted spoon remove onions, garlic and lemons from broth and discard.
  • 3
    Return liquid to a boil.
  • 4
    Add cauliflower; turn off heat and let stand until cauliflower is crisp tender about 5-10 minutes.
  • 5
    Drain; spread out cauliflower on a rimmed baking sheet and let cool completely. Chill or serve at room temp. We liked it best chilled.
  • 6
    Arrange cauliflower on a platter and serve with cocktail sauce.
  • 7
    Can be done ahead.....Cauliflower can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.