Cauliflower with garlic and sage is a beautiful side dish that is entertaining worthy. Fresh, crisp and delicious.
I’m very pleased to have been asked to be a part of a brand new recipe exchange group called Blogger C.L.U.E. Each month we’re assigned a blog, and a clue, then we sneak around and look for a recipe and write about it.
A big YAY for my first assignment, as I was assigned to Christiane’s Taking on Magazines, as my sneak-ee. When looking for a new adventure in the kitchen I will more than likely turn to Food and Wine Magazine to find a reliable and tasty recipe. I really enjoy following her blog and seeing all the magazine recipes from publications I don’t subscribe to.
She has taken on the task to challenge magazine recipes to verify that they work in a regular kitchen. That is with kids underfoot, animals prowling the room and husbands peeking over shoulders. All the everyday interruptions that regular cooks face when preparing a meal. What I really like about her blog is the format in which she reports her findings. She first talks about the “process,” either singing praises for the recipe’s accuracy, or warning us that the recipe is difficult and time consuming…or that the glaze really doesn’t “glaze.” The “verdict” section is a thumbs up or thumbs down reaction from the family and then the final section is “what I’d do different next time.” Love it.
Our clue this month was to find something we’d like to see on our holiday table. I’m a purist when it comes to holiday meals. Turkey and traditional sides for Thanksgiving, and ham, or roast beef, for Christmas. I do, however, like to look for a fresh vegetable recipe for Thanksgiving to steer away from the usual green bean casseroles.
I’m a big cauliflower fan and am always looking for cauliflower recipes. I found this Cauliflower with Garlic and Sage on her site. It comes from Time-Life Books. What I liked about it was her recommendation that the cauliflower could be cooked earlier, saving time and getting a little clean up out of the way.
The Process: Easy, peasy.
The Verdict: If you’re a cauliflower fan this is fresh, crisp and delicious.
What I’d do different next time: Double the recipe. There wasn’t enough leftovers to suit me.
- 1 head cauliflower separated into small florets
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh sage finely chopped
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Bring water to boil in a large sauce pan. Add the cauliflower florets and return the water to boiling. Cook the cauliflower for 3 minutes, until just soft, but still with a little crispness.
- Drain the cauliflower in a colander and rinse well with cold water to stop cooking.
- Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring occasionally until the garlic is just starting to turn beige. Add the drained florets and gently toss to distribute the garlic and oil/butter combination. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until the cauliflower is heated through.
- Sprinkle the sage, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper over the cauliflower and toss to coat.
- Serve the cauliflower with baby sage leaves for garnish if desired.
Cauliflower with Garlic and Sage …It’s what’s for a Side Dish.
Don’t miss other great recipes from participants in the group:
- Arugula Salad With Baked Goat Cheese And Rosemary Honey by Aly from Cooking in Stilettos
- Black Walnut Cake by Christy from Culinary Diva
- Cauliflower with Garlic and Sage by Lea Ann from Cooking on the Ranch
- Chicken Curry by Christiane from Taking On Magazines
- Crispy Tandoori Smashed Potatoes by Janet from From Cupcakes to Caviar
- Honey Glazed Carrots with Cherries by Kelli from Kelli’s Kitchen
- Lemony Cheese Risotto by Debra from Eliots Eats
- Lisa’s Brussels Sprouts by Kate from Kate’s Kitchen
- Onion Biscuits by Lisa from Authentic Suburban Gourmet
- Orange Fluff Jello Salad by Ramona from Curry and Comfort
- Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Glaze by Stacy from Food Lust People Love
- Pumpkin Spice Cake by Azmina from Lawyer Loves Lunch
- Pumpkin Spice Spiked Latte by Kathy from Bakeaway With Me
- Roasted or Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro and Lime by Kim from Liv Life
- Spicy Cheesy Bacon Ranch Muffins by Anna from Anna Dishes
- Spinach Soufflé by Susan from Create Amazing Meals
- Susu’s Grand Marnier Orange Cranberry Sauce by Alice from A Mama Baby and Shar-pei in the Kitchen
- Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls by Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake