In this recipe from Kimberly Hasselbrink's new cookbook, Vibrant Food, she tosses roasted cauliflower with fresh parsley, Kalamata olives, sweet currants and a lemony, earthy tahini dressing. While this is a recipe from the book's 'Winter' chapter, it's light and accessible enough to work year-round.
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When I'm in the mood for a big bowl of flavor-packed vegetables, this is the recipe for me. Curried quinoa with caramelized broccoli and cauliflower makes for a high-protein meal that comes together in less than 30 minutes and makes me feel great. It's a perfect weeknight dinner.
Your first question upon reading this recipe title is probably, "What the heck is broccoflower?" If you haven't already Googled it, broccoflower describes two different brassicas—fractaled Romanesco broccoli and bright green rounded cauliflower. Either of these will work in Deborah Madison's simple pasta recipe in her newly re-released cookbook, The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.
What did a rice-lover like Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo do to satisfy the craving once she switched to a Paleo (a.k.a. rice-free) diet? Started making rice from cauliflower, of course. Okay, perhaps cauliflower "rice" is not an obvious choice to anyone unfamiliar with the Paleo diet, but the bright white vegetable makes for a texturally similar dish to rice once spun around in a food processor for a few minutes.
The final savory chapter in Sarah Copeland's new cookbook, Feast, focuses on a few larger, celebration-sized meals. These recipes take a bit longer to prepare than those in the rest of the book, requiring more attention to detail, but they're worth the time—think paella, vegetable tagine, and silky (bread crumb-free) eggplant parmesan. Her glazed winter vegetable medley is the centerpiece of the chapter.
Caramelized roasted cauliflower with a pine nut, raisin, and caper vinaigrette.
The trick to this easy three-cheese pasta bake with cauliflower is to use no-boil lasagna noodles. Chipotle powder flavors the chunks of tender thigh meat just right.
This creamy, nutty-tasting soup gets an extra punch of flavor from crumbled bacon and bright parsley oil.
Ultra-creamy, smoky cauliflower soup gets some zing from sherry vinegar and is served with roasted wild mushrooms and crisped ham.
The combination of cauliflower and roasted peppers create a vibrantly colored, creamy soup perfect for those cooler fall days.
This week's Lunch Box ushers in fall with warm, nutty flavors. Fried hazelnuts serve double duty by acting as a crunchy topping when mixed with parsley and lemon zest, and infusing oil to be slicked on both the steak and the roasted cauliflower.
Southern breaded cauliflower is cheesy and creamy, with a few added spices to make things interesting. If you like, you can leave out the nutmeg and cumin, but they really do take the dish from standard to sensational.
Deborah Madison's cauliflower and pasta dish from her new cookbook Vegetable Literacy is a surprise of a recipe. It almost looks like something I'd throw together without thinking, but has a few tweaks that make it stand out from my ordinary dinners. First, she uses what may look like a dangerous amount of red pepper flakes; her scant teaspoon looks menacing compared to my usual pinch or two. Also, she throws in parsley, lots of parsley, in three places--some of it is cooked with garlic to mellow, some of it is wilted into the cooked pasta, and the rest is thrown in at the end for a bright finish. But the real winner here is saffron. The floral taste of saffron always reminds me of bouillabaisse; tasting bites of Madison's cauliflower dish takes my mind to the French stew but for much less time and effort.
A vegan game-day snack made with ultra-crisp battered cauliflower tossed in garlicky buffalo sauce.
Ultra-crisp fried cauliflower Korean-style, served with a sweet and hot chili sauce or a sweet soy glaze.
Broccoli and cauliflower are staple vegetables in my kitchen, so I assumed I'd eaten these brassica in just about every way possible. But Daniel Patterson's recipe for Grilled Brassica with Dandelion-Green Vinaigrette in Adam Roberts' Secrets of the Best Chefs proved me wrong. Patterson grills an assortment of brassica--including vibrant romanesco and leafy rape and cicco--until well-charred and tender. He plates the vegetables with plump bulgar wheat, a squeeze of lemon, and (best of all) a verdant, bitter dandelion vinaigrette.
While mashed potatoes and green beans are no-brainers come Thanksgiving, that additional side dish or two can be a bit of a toss-up. That's where Sam Sifton's Roasted Cauliflower with Anchovy Bread Crumbs from Thanksgiving: How to Cook it Well comes in—pop it into the oven while your turkey rests. Roasted cauliflower is awesome on its own, at once creamy and caramelized, but the addition of crunchy anchovy bread crumbs takes the dish into Thanksgiving territory.
Garlicky, oven-roasted pork shoulder gets drizzled with pan juices and served with cloud-like whipped cauliflower.
If eating the fermented tofu straight-up isn't for you, try stir-frying vegetables with it. One or two cubes flavors a whole stir-fry dish, imparting a salty-sweet depth that's a nice change from soy sauce or oyster sauce. Cauliflower take well to its strong flavor.
Jim Lahey has a thing for charred flavors. His pizzas bake up with crisp leopard spotted crusts giving them a hint of smoke and a lot of crunch. He's employed the same high-heat technique for his Cauliflower Pie from My Pizza, a Béchamel sauced pizza topped with roasted florets, mozzarella, green olives, chile flakes, and garlic.