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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Cauliflower with Herb-and-Garlic Breadcrumbs

Here’s a simple yet very flavorful side dish that complements any main course—casual or holiday. Fresh herbs and garlic combine with crisp, buttery breadcrumbs to turn simple steamed cauliflower into a deliciously savory side.

Note: If you don't have a large steamer pan, simply bring about two inches of water to a boil in a pot, reduce the heat, and simmer the cauliflower until just tender, about six minutes, depending on the size of the florets. Drain, and you're ready to go.

Serves 4

  • 1-1/2 oz torn baguette bread (or other firm, crusty bread)
  • 1 tsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh sage
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 cups cauliflower florets
Cauliflower Ingredients
  1. Place the bread, all herbs, and garlic in a mini food processor and process until finely chopped.
  2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and add the butter. When the butter has melted, add the breadcrumb mixture and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until crisp and golden, 4-5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, bring water to a simmer in a steamer pan. Add the cauliflower and season with salt. Steam until just tender, 7-8 minutes, depending on size.
Ready to Process
Processed Breadcrumbs 
Breadcrumb Mixture Beginning to Toast
Toasted Breadcrumb Mixture
Cauliflower Beginning to Steam
Toss the cauliflower with the breadcrumb mixture and serve.

Cauliflower with Herb-and-Garlic Breadcrumbs

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