This may sound ridiculous, but in my estimation cauliflower is the new black. My bet is that soon trendy restaurants everywhere will start offering this often forgotten vegi. Why? I'm not sure exactly, but I just feel it.
Yes, I know, most give this bland and often tasteless vegetable short shrift. Many don't even know what it is. Others call it the poor man's broccoli.
Not in my kitchen!
Here's a little recipe that I promise will power charge any cauliflower no matter how bland and change your mind about this incredibly underrated vegetable.
1 head cauliflower
healthy dose of salted butter
fresh cracked pepper
Cast iron skillet
Heat pan and season with a few dabs of salted butter. Toss in bite-sized chunks of cauliflower and saute to coat each piece with butter. Throw in diced garlic and cover everything with cracked pepper, a few splashes of soy sauce, and a healthy dose of Tabasco. Cover skillet and stir every few minutes to brown cauliflower (about 15 minutes). Two minutes before serving, coat each piece with cheese and melt to a crusted finish.
This is the perfect side dish for steak, pork chops, or as a tapas style snack. For added kick, experiment by adding fresh jalepeno peppers, curry or your other favorite spices. And be liberal with the Tobasco too.