|No Longer the Great White Veggie|
Recipe by Alice Waters
Cauliflower, the other white vegetable. Lacking the comfort value of potatoes, and not particularly exciting, I think of it as a sort of albino broccoli. But leave it to Alice Waters, seasonal chef and founder of the legendary Chez Panisse to come up with a cauliflower dish that’s not only colored delicately golden, but that’s easy, quick, and requires minimal ingredients. In her cookbook The Art of Simple Food, Ms. Waters makes a simple sauté sound positively sexy: “Sautéing is an exciting cooking experience. All your senses are engaged with the high heat, the loud sizzle of the pan, the active stirring and tossing, and the delightful smells of browning food…” Now who wouldn’t want to experience all that in the kitchen, especially if only three ingredients were needed?
|Removing Cauliflower Core|
1 large or 2 small heads cauliflower
2 tbsp. or more olive oil
¾ tsp. sea salt
Remove leaves and cut out the base of the cauliflower stem with a small, sharp knife. From the top down, cut cauliflower into ¼ inch slices (if cauliflower is large, cut in half first).
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed skillet over medium high heat, or use electric frying pan at 350 – 375 degrees.
When oil is hot but not smoking add cauliflower. In my electric frying pan, it was easier to make a single layer and sauté two batches, but Alice piles all of the cauliflower in at once. You might need a bit of extra oil for the second batch if you use my method.
Sprinkle cauliflower with salt (or half of salt if sautéing two batches).
Let the cauliflower sit until it starts to brown before stirring or tossing.
Cook, continuing to stir or toss, until cauliflower is tender, about 7-8 minutes total. Don’t worry if the cauliflower starts to break up; that is part of the charm of the dish.