Monster Brains | Roasted Cauliflower

A bit of news is cooking over at the Chez Us kitchen.  I am very excited to tell you that I am doing some meaty recipe development for the Key Ingredients‘s Back Burner.  Every Tuesday I will bring a new meat-lovers dish to your kitchen.  If meat is not enough to keep you full, Monday – Friday, the Back Burner will be feeding you with recipes contributed by more delicious home-chefs:

  • Monday: Lauren, Healthy Food for Living, will be covering light lunch recipes–soups, salads, and sandwiches.
  • Wednesday: Kathy, Busy Vegan, is about eating vegan on the go and she will be giving us veggie-oriented/healthy recipes.
  • Thursday: Grace, A Southern Grace, We’d like her to be the voice for things sweet and baked.
  • Friday: Greg, Sippity Sup, will be specializing in cocktails and drinks

The theme this week is all about Halloween food for Kids.  I wanted to start your night of trick and treating by filling up your little ones with a healthy meal of Bloody Eye Balls with a Side of Worms and a bowl of Monster Brains.  Now, I don’t have children;  but, after 10 years of taking care of MEM, I stand firm on the fact, if you make a meal fun, they are more likely to eat it.  I use to tease MEM that we were going to eat a side of Monkey Brains or Lizard Lips for lunch;  they would giggle with delight and ask for more.

Our recipe for Monster Brains is roasted cauliflower .  We are big fans of roasting our vegetables, and especially fall/winter ones.  Roasting adds a nice depth to the flavor and a bit of gooey caramelization to the vegetables as it brings out their natural sugars.  I decided to use cauliflower because of the bumpy surface, which is similar to our brains.  The addition of garlic and Parmesan add a little more flavor to an otherwise bland vegetable.  This recipe is the perfect companion for a dish of Bloody Eyeballs and Worms, and is sure to make your little ones squeal with delight.



  1. Love the monster brains!!! They really do look a little like brains!

  2. love this! Going to do these with the kids I nanny for a fun Halloween dinner!

  3. Looking forward to your new recipes! Love these “brains”!

  4. I”m going to try this. I just fried cauliflower for a client project but this looks amazing!


  1. […] or involved them, they were more likely to devour it.  I mean who doesn’t love a big bowl of monster brains every so […]

  2. […] I developed this recipe for a client, a couple years ago, and we still enjoy serving it to unexpected little guests.  It is a fun recipe that you can even get the kids involved with making.  I took our favorite meatball recipe which is made with a combination of ground beef and pork.  I added an olive to create the eery eyeball.  The blood is a reduction of tomatoes, a little red wine (don’t worry the alcohol burns off and you will not have tipsy kids) to add depth to the color and some balsamic to add a bite of sweetness.  The slippery worms are merely fresh cooked pasta that has been tossed with a little olive oil.  Don’t forget to serve with a side of monster brains. […]

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