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Jacked Up Cauliflower

Posted by on October 4, 2014

If you like spicy foods, but not hot, you will love my recipe for Kentucky-grown Jacked Up Cauliflower! You’ll find yourself sneaking into the fridge in the middle of the night for a spoonful – it’s that addicting! It’s easy, versatile, low carb (if you care about that!), Kentucky Proud®, and just plain old DELISH!

I have made a similar recipe with different variations over the course of my life. But it wasn’t until I started working on next year’s Kentucky Farm Fest with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Kentucky Proud® program, that I stumbled upon it again – but a simpler version. Greg and I eat a lot of steamed cauliflower and broccoli, but seeing a Plate it Up!® recipe for Cauliflower Casserole from Kentucky Proud® reminded me that I have gotten used to the simple, hum drum makings of these two ingredients, quickly thrown into the microwave. I needed to create a “jacked up” version for sure! This is just another delicious reason to shop your local farmer’s markets for the freshest local ingredients available!

According to the Kentucky Proud® program, the average meal travels 1,500 miles from the farm to your plate. Buying Kentucky Proud® products decreases this distance and ensures that you’re eating fresh and nutritious foods while supporting Kentucky’s farm families. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has done a fantastic job marketing its farmer’s markets and promoting its farmers! Oldham County, KY benefits greatly from the promotions associated with this program!


Aurora Acres Gypsy Vanner Horse Farm – Crestwood, KY

We became the “Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky” in 2012 when we started promoting 17 family farms who agreed to be open to the public for tours. It was funny, when I visited the farms individually to meet and learn from them, they were amazed at the thought of someone being interested in what they considered to be daily chores of owning a farm. Our farms are quite impressive, I must say! We raise bison, alpaca, grass-fed beef, fruits and veggies you’ve never heard of, sheep, we teach homesteading and, of course, we raise HORSES! We not only raise and train thoroughbred race horses, we raise saddlebreds, and gypsy vanners to name a few. Have you ever heard of a gypsy vanner horse? They are found on the cover of romance novels and run wild in Spain. We happen to have one of the best gypsy vanner breeders in the United States! We also have award-winning farms that have been recognized for their conservation practices.

We knew then that we wanted to use our farm tour platform to educate Kentuckians about their food, where it comes from, and to give them an opportunity to meet the farmers in-person – the ones who put the food on their dinner tables. We are very proud to be working with the Department of Agriculture through Kentucky Farm Fest, and we are proud to be working with our Kentucky farmers and artisans to make this the best educational family festival in Kentucky! Mark your calendar to visit the festival for the weekend of July 11 & 12, 2015!

Plate it Up!® is a program that promotes using Kentucky Proud® ingredients. Their goal is to put a new spin on old favorites by developing recipes using those ingredients that are grown and processed in Kentucky. I saw 2 of their recipes recently for Bourbon Braised Beef Stew and Butternut Squash Bread. Talk about interesting and creative! With the popularity of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, it’s no wonder we have so many creative bourbon recipes in Kentucky.

Speaking of bourbon, in Oldham County, we are fortunate to have Kentucky Artisan Distillery, home of Jefferson’s Reserve and Whiskey Row Bourbons, so it looks like I need to get started on that Kentucky Proud® Bourbon Beef Stew recipe! What makes Kentucky Artisan so unique from other Kentucky distillery tours is that it also produces and bottles spiced rums, vodkas, and other spirits including my personal favorite, lemoncello cream. My goal is to come up with an ice cream recipe using the lemoncello, so be on the lookout for that one!

So I hope you enjoy this Oldham County, Kentucky recipe from the “Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky!” Change the cheese to something sweeter or sharper, you can leave out the broccoli. You can switch the sour cream for plain yogurt (which I’ve done in a different recipe), or you can switch the bread crumbs to corn flakes or cracker crumbs. But buy these ingredients from your local farmer’s market if possible. Fresh and local really does make a huge difference and it supports your farmers! Any way you make it using my basic recipe will be addicting and DELISH!

Jacked Up Cauliflower Recipe

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This recipe is so versatile! If you like spicy food for the flavor, use this recipe to a tee. If you like cheesy goodness without the spice, change the cheeses. No matter how you make it your own, it's DELISH!



  1. Steam cauliflower and broccoli until tender, yet still crisp. About 5-7 minutes.
  2. While your broccoli and cauliflower are steaming, measure out your other ingredients.
  3. Drain cauliflower and broccoli then transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add onions, sour cream, 1 cup pepperjack cheese, bread crumbs, red peppers, salt, and cayenne pepper.
  4. Mix thoroughly before transferring to a 9x13 baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray (if not using a nonstick pan). Top with remaining 1 cup pepperjack cheese then sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy! DELISH served hot from the oven or at room temperature!

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