Braised Cauliflower with Asian Flavors

Simple vegetables for a weeknight supper: can there ever be enough of them? I think not! One of my first 3x5 recipe cards (remember those?!), penned at age 10, is titled, "Cooked Cauliflower". Even then, I wanted to learn how to cook vegetables!

NEXT TIME ... I'll steam or boil the cauliflower, then toss it in the sauce. I have a hard time pan-cooking cauliflower and broccoli to a good eating texture, especially since the bulky florets must be kept in a single layer. This makes it hard to cook enough for leftovers, let alone a whole head of cauliflower.

FROM THE ARCHIVES ... The Recipe Box has lots of other ideas for cooking cauliflower but my favorites in winter are roasted tomato with cauliflower and white on white puree.

BRAISED CAULIFLOWER with ASIAN FLAVORS
Hands-on time: 10 minutes plus occasional stirring til done
Time to table: 30 minutes
Serves 4

1 tablespoon peanut oil (or any oil, really)
1 pound fresh cauliflower (about half a large cauliflower), cored and cut into florets

SAUCE
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 heaping tablespoon fresh garlic (from a jar ...)
1 heating tablespoon fresh ginger (from a jar ...)
2 green onions, chopped (save some to garnish the top for color ...)
Salt & pepper to taste

In a skillet large enough to hold all the florets in a single layer, heat the oil till shimmery. Add the cauliflower and stir well to coat the cauliflower on all sides. Let cook til cauliflower begins to brown.

Meanwhile, mix remaining ingredients in a bowl. Pour over partially cooked cauliflower, cover and let cook for about 10 - 15 minutes until cauliflower is done, checking temperature on occasion to stir and make sure not to burn. Uncover and if liquid remains, keep cooking til cooks down. Taste and adjust seasoning. Transfer to serving bowl, garnish with reserved green onion.

NUTRITION ESTIMATE
Per Serving: 84 Cal (37% from Fat, 13% from Protein, 50% from Carb); 3 g Protein; 4 g Tot Fat; 1 g Sat Fat; 11 g Carb; 3 g Fiber; NetCarb8; 36 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 393 mg Sodium; 0 mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 1 point

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT'S DUE
Every Day Vegetables by Jack Bishop


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4 comments:

I have to admit I've never been able to eat cauliflower -- my mother used to boil it for what seemed like hours, and I can still remember the smell of cauliflower filling the house when I'd get home from school. I keep thinking I should give it another try, but nothing has tempted me -- until this recipe. Hmmmm.....Asian seasonings.....

Good way to cook the 'white devil flower' :D

I have some cauliflower growing in my garden right now--so I look forward to cookingthis dish--I love Asian flavors--great idea.

Yummmy! I love cauliflower and I love the flavors you have used here. Just lovely!

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