Cauliflower With Garlic Bread Crumbs

"I absolutely love this dish. Even my father, who does not like garlic or cauliflower that much, was raving about this dish. It is essential to use fresh bread crumbs. I usually buy a baguette or country-style bread from the grocery store, and after cutting off the crust and tearing it into slices, put it in the food processor until it forms crumbs the size I want. This recipe is from the Williams Sonoma Vegetable Cookbook."
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  • Bring a large saucepan 3/4 full of water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt, the sugar, and the cauliflower and boil until tender, about 5 minutes. Do not overcook.
  • Drain, rinse under running cold water, and leave to drain.
  • In a large frying pan over medium heat, warm 4-5 Tb of the oil. When the oil is hot, add the crumbs and toss them constantly until they are evenly toasted, browned, and crisp, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, turn the crumbs once or twice, and remove them from the pan. Do not allow the garlic to brown; it should be cooked only enough to flavor the crumbs.
  • Heat the remaining 2-3 Tb oil in the same pan over medium heat. Add the cauliflower and mash and break it up a bit as it lightly browns in the oil and become slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Do not allow the cauliflower to become crisp and dark.
  • Add the crispy garlic crumbs to the pan and toss them with the cauliflower over medium-low heat, mashing some of the cauliflower and allowing some of it to keep its shape, about 5 minutes.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve hot.

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  1. Koechin Chef
    We LOVE Cauliflower any which way! This recipe is OUTSTANDING!!! As a little girl and now too I love cauliflower with brown butter. This recipe has surpassed it! Thanks for posting<br/>Made for "More than Sauerkraut...."
  2. Artandkitchen
    Excellent recipe and delicious with garlic.<br/>I let the cauliflower not to turn too soft and I cut them in smaller pieces prior bringing them in the pan as I love the structure of these vegetables. I did not mash them. For all other points I preceded as described and we all loved it very much!<br/>Thanks a lot for your suggerstion.
  3. morgainegeiser
    I really like cauliflower and often bake it with bread crumbs, so this recipe sounded interesting and less time consuming. I did make my own bread crumbs. We enjoyed the flavor and we liked the garlic flavor and the addition of the bread crumbs. We felt we needed more cauliflower and a little less bread crumbs, however maybe my cauliflower was a little small. Made for ZWT 2011.


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