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Golden cauliflower

Golden cauliflower
Los Angeles Times

This cauliflower dish from chef-owner Samer Elias of Sam's by the Beach in Santa Monica Canyon was a highlight when I had dinner there recently. When he gave us the recipe, Sam told us it tastes even better the day ... Read more

Total time: 40 minutes | Serves 4 to 6
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 small heads (2 1/2 to 3 pounds) cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, each sliced into 5 pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • Black pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Step 1Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the cauliflower and blanch for 2 minutes. Drain in a colander and set aside.

Step 2Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced garlic and a pinch of salt. Cook for 1 1/2 minutes. Add the cauliflower, stir well and cook over medium-low heat, stirring gently from time to time, until golden in color and sweet in smell, about 25 minutes.

Step 3Reduce the heat to low; add a pinch of pepper and the water and lemon juice. Simmer for a few minutes until most of the water has been absorbed, stirring gently. Turn the heat off, sprinkle the cilantro over the cauliflower and add salt to taste. Stir and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes before serving, or refrigerate overnight. Serve at room temperature.


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