Posted on | September 21, 2010 | 16 Comments |
As promised, I am continuing the SBD friendly vegetarian sides series with a simple sautéed vegetable dish. Romanesco Cauliflower aka Roman Cauliflower is also known as Romanesco broccoli and Romanesco Cabbage in Europe. Talk about an identity crisis! It looks like cauliflower but tastes more like broccoli! Anyway, the main attraction about this vegetable is its looks. It is almost too pretty to eat. I wanted to make something that preserves the looks and that is how I decided on a simple sauté. You can substitute either broccoli or cauliflower in this recipe, just make sure you don’t overcook the vegetables.
- 1 Romanesco Cauliflower (Substitute: broccoli or cauliflower)
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 tbsp thinly sliced shallots
- 4 cloves of garlic, sliced
- 1 tsp crushed red chilies
- 1 tbsp pine nuts
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
Remove the tough edges of the cauliflower and separate the florets taking care not to break the individual florets. Wash the florets and place in a sauce pan with 2 tbsp water. Bring this to a boil and close the pan with a tight lid. Let it cook for 2 minutes on medium heat, then remove and immediately plunge the florets in cold water to stop the cooking.
Heat a large pan and roast the pine nuts and keep aside.
Add the oil and sauté the shallots till soft. Season with salt and the crushed chilies. Stir in the garlic and the drained florets and sauté gently on high heat for 2 minutes. Add the pine nuts and remove from the heat. Stir in the lemon juice and mix well. Serve warm.
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