Monday, March 08, 2010

Cauliflower Carbonara

Not a great picture, admittedly, but a good example of how about five things can be turned into a pretty satisfying and nutritious dinner in next to no time.

To wit:

  • A head of cauliflower, caramelized hard in a pan with a bit of duck prosciutto and olive oil, with garlic and minced dried porcini added towards the end
  • A bag of penne, cooked just shy of al dente
  • A splash of roasted chicken stock
  • An egg, beaten, added after all of the above was combined and taken off the heat
  • chopped parsley and coarse salt, with black and Espelette pepper to finish

Freaking awesome for something so simple.


cook eat FRET said...

simple. it's the italian way...

Julia said...

That's totally my speed. Simple is freaking awesome. So, stupid question, but how do you caramelize cauliflower? Chopped finely? My initial thought is that cauliflower doesn't have much sugar, and might not caramelize readily.

peter said...

Claudia: Spoken like a nice Jewish girl.

Julia: In a pan, with duck fat, It browns up pretty beautifully and gets a nice nutty flavor. Oil or butter would work just fine.