I have had a number of requests lately for side dishes.
Why is it that they always seem the most difficult to come up with? Maybe because we will happily eat the same baked chicken, grilled steak, pan seared pork chops over and over again and yet we long for some variety with our side dishes. Something that moves us beyond rice and steamed veggies. Something that livens up the meal.
I am on an eternal quest for new side dishes. This is a recent recipe I have
experimented with subjected my family to added to the rotation.
Why yes, it does kind of look like a white brain.
You will need:
1 head cauliflower
2 tbs. honey
2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. sea salt
black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup of water
Preheat oven to 400°
Pull the leaf things off of the cauliflower and place it brain side down in your baking dish.
Mix all the ingredients, except the water, together. Stir it well
Pour it over the cauliflower.
Pour your 1/4 cup water into the bottom of the baking dish. This helps prevent the cauliflower from burn and sticking to the baking dish.
Bake 10 minutes with the stem up. Then flip it over and bake 10 more minutes with the brain side up. You want it to be a light golden brown.
I cut it up into bite sized pieces. Little trees! And then I stirred them around in the rest of the marinade that was left in the baking dish.
I am not a HUGE cauliflower fan, but I like this recipe. Possibly because the actual cauliflower taste is masked.
My husband said it was great. Mmmm mmmm mmmm, did you really make this? I love it. Mmmmm mmmm mmmm. Can I eat the rest myself?
Half the children liked it.
Half didn’t like it. “Why can’t you just make regular broccoli?”
One gagged and refused to taste it.
I think the half that say they didn’t like it will be won over after a few more servings. Their dislike seemed to be based on the fact that it was exactly like broccoli.