I know what your thinking…cauliflower… it’s not that tasty. I hate it, ugh how could you eat it??
Well I promise you, it’s not any of the above.
Blanching and slow roasting, allows it to tenderise and burst with flavour. I learnt this cooking method whilst attending a course recently with the Dublin Cookery School and it’s been a constant on my weekly menu since!
The cauliflower is perfect on it’s own as a side dish or add some salsa verde, carrot ribbons and sauteed cauliflower leaves for some colour and texture as a main dish. It also works great with a big juicy steak or roast beef.
- 1/2 whole cauliflower
- 8 inner cauliflower leaves
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 2 tbsp salsa verde
- 1/2 carrot
- 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and pre-heat an oven to 180°C.
- Peel the leaves off the cauliflower, roughly chop the inner paler coloured leaves for later. Divide the cauliflower into florets or wedges.
- Once the water is boiling, add the cauliflower wedges and blanch for 2 mins. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl.
- Add 1 tsp coconut oil to a large baking tray and melt in the oven. Add the blanched wedges onto the tray with the peeled garlic cloves and thyme. Stir to combine.
- Place the tray in the oven and allow the cauliflower to roast for 20-30 mins until soft through.
- Prepare the salsa verde. For the carrots, use a vegetable peeler to create long thin carrot ribbons, stir through the olive oil and apple cider vinegar until lightly dressed. Place both in the fridge until required.
- Once the cauliflower has roasted, remove from the oven and cover with tinfoil to keep warm. Place a pan on a medium heat and lightly sauté the roughly chopped cauliflower leaves.
- To serve: place a layer of cauliflower leaves, top with the cauliflower wedges/florets, spoon over the salsa verde and add the carrot ribbons to finish.
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