Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Italian Style Cauliflower

Mark Twain once said: "cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with college education".

I love this recipe that is an Italian staple in many an Italian village. Served as a side dish, its a delicious accompaniment to any main dish. Its a simple, rustic dish that will leave you craving for more. Even the cauliflower hater might can be converted with this dish!

Italian Style Cauliflower
  • 1 head Cauliflower, outer leaves removed
  • 4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • *extra seasoning of your choice (see directions below)

Cut the bottom of the stem off of the head of cauliflower.

Break apart the florets, into large pieces. Boil the cauliflower. for about 7-10 minutes, until fork tender.

* In a small skillet, heat the olive oil. I like to "kick up" my breadcrumbs with a lil seasoning salt, sometimes it might be Cajun seasoning, you can also try 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/8 teaspoon dried basil, 1 pinch oregano....even Parmesan.
I use Italian seasoned crumbs, so it already is seasoned, then I sometimes add a lil somethin', somthin'. You can customize the flavor to your liking!

When the oil is hot, add breadcrumbs and brown, not leaving the skillet. It will burn if you do.

Continue to mix breadcrumbs so that the oil is absorbed into the crumbs.  I just use a fork to work it in, so there is a mutual love there. You know what I'm saying?
Now, drain the cauliflower! Then put into a serving bowl or serving plate.

Take your toasted and seasoned bread crumbs and Spoon atop the cauliflower.

And as they say in Italy...
"Mangia bene, vivi felice"

Which means, " Eat Well Live Happy" It's my philosophy too.

1 comment:

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

I just discovered your delightful blog. Mr. P would love this, I'm always looking for something different he'll eat, thanks so much for sharing... hugs ~lynne~