Thursday, 15 October 2009

Hot, Garlicky, Cheesy Broccoli or Cauliflower

Or both; why not?

This is not quite substantial enough to be a main dish, unless you want a very light meal, but since it is rather rich I would serve it with simply broiled fish or chicken pieces. When I say hot, I mean it should have a bit of a bite to it (although it should also be served steaming). This is really pretty simple, in spite of how detailed I've gotten with the instructions.

15 minutes prep time
2 servings

Hot, Garlicky, Cheesy Broccoli or Cauliflower
2 to 3 cups broccoli or cauliflower florets (what you will eat)
1/2 tablespoon butter
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon hot chile flakes (to taste)
1 - 2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
freshly ground pepper & salt

Prepare the broccoli or cauliflower florets, and put them in a steamer.

Put the butter and olive oil in a very small skillet or small saucepan, and add the hot chile flakes. Peel and finely mince the garlic, and add it to the butter and oil.

Start the broccoli or cauliflower cooking.

Turn the heat on under the skillet, and let the garlic simmer in the butter and oil until it is just golden. If you have it at the right temperatures, this should be done at the same time as the vegetables. Keep it rather low; it's better to turn it up at the end if needed rather than trying to keep it from getting too brown while the vegetables finish cooking.

Meanwhile, grate the Parmesan.

When the vegetables are cooked to your liking, be sure they are very well drained - let them sit out for a minute or two in a colander if you are not sure - then toss them with the garlic and chile infused butter and oil, season generously with black pepper and judiciously with salt, and half the cheese. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top, and so serve it forth.*

*I've always wanted to say that, ever since I read it in an old cook book.

Last year at this time I made Spicy Apple-Butter Baked Acorn Squash Rings.


Marlene Taylor said...

I love how you change your picture. I've just started a food blog myself as friends tell me I should write a book. This cauliflower recipe inspires me to post my favorite ways to eat cauliflower. I think of it as the chicken of veggies ... it goes with everything! Thank you for your great posts!

Ferdzy said...

Thanks, Marlene. Good luck with your blog - that was a great post on quinces. They're hard to find around here, but there are a few. I should go looking for some.

Joanne said...

This looks super good. My mom always used to serve broccoli with cheese sauce as our veggie at dinner but this looks like an adult version with all of the spices. Excellent!