Recipe by P4
This is a fantastic, different way to serve cauliflower. It's a modification of a recipe from Fine Cooking. I love it. Great with lamb or any braised meat.
Top Review by Lulu B
Tried this with lamb as suggested, we just bought one at the fair. It was so good in its original version that I decided to try it with shallots instead of onions and I think I like the original version best, the "boys" are still deciding. this is a come again taste. Thank you
- 1⁄4 cup pine nuts
- 4 slices of firm white bread, toasted and crusts removed
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
- 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets (about 2 lbs.)
- kosher salt
- fresh black pepper
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 pinch saffron
- 1 cup crushed tomatoes
- 1⁄4 cup chopped black kalamata olive
Directions See How It's Made
- In a small, dry skillet over medium low heat, toast the pine nuts, shaking constantly, until they are lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Set aside.
- Tear the bread into pieces and put them into a food processor.
- Process until you have coarse crumbs, about 30 seconds.
- Transfer to a small bowl, drizzle with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, mix well, and toss with 1 tablespoon of the parsley. Set aside.
- Heat the oven to 375ºF.
- In an ovenproof, large skillet (or a regular skillet, but you'll have to transfer the mixture to an ovenproof dish, so prepare a 9x9 shallow baking dish), heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the cauliflower and saute until it begins to soften, about 5 minutes.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper and continue to cook until the cauliflower is deep golden brown, but still firm, about 7-10 minutes.
- Transfer the cauliflower to a bowl.
- Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and add the onion.
- Saute until soft and golden, about 5 minutes.
- Add the saffron and stir to combine.
- Add the tomatoes and olives and simmer over medium-low heat until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat, fold in the cauliflower, the pine nuts, the remaining parsley.
- If the skillet isn't ovenproof, pour the mixture into your prepared dish.
- Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the top.
- Bake until heated through and the flavors have had a chance to combine, about 15-20 minutes.
- Serve hot.