I have been obsessed with my slow cooker lately. I’ve been using it to make a lot of side dishes and vegetables (especially with my kitchen torn up over the past month.)
For me, it’s really a lazy cooker. I love the fact that I can set it and forget it, and end up with something amazing hours later. Note: I know all of y’all love the instant pot, but I am old-school and just haven’t jumped on that train quite yet.
Last week, I had a whole head of cauliflower in my fridge that I needed to do SOMETHING with. The idea of chopping it up just seemed like way too much work (I know, first world problems), so I googled to see if I could put this bad boy in the crockpot. Pleasantly, I was surprised to find several ideas on Pinterest for doing this, and I settled into this recipe.
If I’m honest, the first time I made this I was blown away. The cauliflower head I used was on the smallish side, and I ate the WHOLE THING in one day! I’m planning to experiment a little more with this recipe and a few other spices, but definitely recommend this easy method of cooking cauliflower to mix up your veggie side game.
Slow Cooker Ranch-Style Whole Cauliflower
- 1 whole cauliflower head tough greens removed and trimmed on the bottom to sit flat
- 1 cup broth, vegetable or chicken
- 1 Tbsp. Ranch dressing mix
- Place the cauliflower into the pot of a slow cooker. Rub the Ranch seasoning mix over the surface of the cauliflower. Pour broth in the bottom of the pot.
- Following manufacturer’s instructions for the slow cooker, set to cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours. The cauliflower will likely be done before this, but will continue to get more tender as it sits. You’ll know it’s done when you can stick a sharp knife down the center to the bottom of the stem.
- Right before removing cauliflower, turn on the broiler, and place a rack in the center of the oven. Place cauliflower into a small, shallow dish or baking sheet. Place in oven. Broil for 3–5 minutes, until the top is browned and bubbling. Serve warm, cut into wedges or steaks. Note: This broiler step can also be accomplished using your air fryer, if you prefer.