By Food & Wine
Cookbook author Paula Wolfert caramelizes cauliflower on the stove before baking it with eastern Mediterranean flavorings: chopped tomatoes, plumped raisins and red pepper flakes. Delicious Cauliflower Recipes
Pan-Roasted Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and RaisinsPan-Roasted Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Raisins
2 tablespoons raisins (not golden)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets (4 cups)
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups tomatoes-drained, peeled, seeded and chopped
Pinch of crushed red pepper, preferably Marash
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons pine nuts
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a small bowl, cover the raisins with water; let stand until softened, about 10 minutes. Drain.
2. Meanwhile, in a 10- to 12-inch ovenproof skillet, heat the oil. Add the cauliflower and sugar and cook over moderately low heat, stirring, until the cauliflower starts to soften, about 10 minutes. Raise the heat to moderate and cook until the cauliflower is lightly browned, about 5 minutes longer. Stir in the tomatoes and crushed red pepper, season with salt and black pepper and cook until the tomatoes have begun to soften, about 5 minutes.
3. Add the raisins to the cauliflower, along with 1/4 cup hot water, the pine nuts and chopped garlic. Transfer the ovenproof skillet to the oven and bake the cauliflower for about 30 minutes, until it is very tender. Stir in the parsley and lemon juice and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Serve the cauliflower warm.
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