Is the humble cauliflower enjoying a new renaissance? Whether you work in food or simply enjoy your home-cooking time, it appears that this pearly white cluster of florets is now proudly sitting at the forefront of the pantry. We have devised creative ways to turn it into cous cous and have compounded it into pizza bases (although the jury is still out on that one…), we are using it as a potato substitute in thick, wintery soups and enjoy it raw, thinly sliced like a carpaccio. Is there anything cauliflower can’t do? It turns out, you can also roast it until deliciously caramelized and crunchy, but still tender to the bite. With the added nutritional boost provided by vitamin C, K, B6 and folate, I am pretty much convinced that cauliflower wears the crown as the healthiest cruciferous!
INGREDIENTS, SERVES 4
1 cauliflower heard, cut into florets
4 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of baby capers, roughly chopped
2 anchovy fillets, thinly chopped
1-2 French shallots, finely chopped
1 small chillie, finely chopped
2 tablespoons of white balsamic vinegar
2 more tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
salt and pepper for seasoning
1. Pre-heat you oven to 200 C (395 F)
2. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and cook the cauliflower florets for 5-8 minutes, or until soft but still retaining some firmness. Drain well then tumble onto an oven tray lined with baking paper. Season with oil, salt and pepper and roast for 30 minutes or until golden.
3. Make the dressing by mixing together baby capers, anchovies, chillies, vinegar and oil. Taste for salt and adjust accordingly.
4. Pour the dressing over the roasted cauliflower florets and scatter fresh herbs on top. Enjoy warm or at room temperature as a light lunch or a side dish.
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