Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Butter

I'm not a big fan of (overly) cooked vegetables. Creamed spinach is one of the least appetizing foods out there in my opinion. Even steamed veggies can sometimes go to long and then are just mush.

I prefer a little *snap* to my vegetables and one way that I love is to roast/bake them instead. You have control over how long you roast them for and even if the inside is soft the outside crisps up. I've done something similar to this NY Times recipe with broccoli (sans the sage salt) and the family just loved it 2 Thanksgivings ago.

Roasted Cauliflower With Lemon Brown Butter and Sage Salt

Time: About 1 hour

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup sage leaves, loosely packed
1 tablespoon coarse salt, more for tossing
3 heads cauliflower, cut into florets
About 1 teaspoon table salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 lemon, zest finely grated.

1. Heat oil in a small pan until rippling. Add sage and cook, stirring, just until crisped, about 2 minutes. Lift out sage and drain on paper towels; transfer oil to a large bowl. Let sage cool and crumble with fingers into a small bowl. Stir in coarse salt and set aside.

2. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Place roasting pan with an inch of water in oven bottom. Add cauliflower to bowl with oil, add about 1 teaspoon table salt, and toss gently until coated. Spread out on two large baking sheets. Bake until browned, 20 to 30 minutes.

3. Melt butter in a small pan over medium heat. When foam subsides, watch closely and stir often. When white solids are brown and butter smells toasty, turn off heat, squeeze in juice of lemon and stir well.

4. Transfer cauliflower to a bowl, pour butter over, and add lemon zest. Add half the sage salt and toss. Taste and season with remaining salt as needed.

Yield: 10 to 12 servings.

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