Monday, June 24, 2013

Braised Cauliflower

Since today is meatless Monday, I thought I would offer you a hearty low carb side dish. This is a very easy side dish that only takes a few minutes to prepare. My husband told me about braising cauliflower after seeing his brother prepare some for their mother.  So I thought I would try my hand at it with some of my favorite flavors. The nice thing about this dish is the two part process of cooking the cauliflower.  By first frying the cauliflower, you give it some wonderful flavor and then steaming it to finish cooking saves on the calories.  Okay so I added some Parmesan cheese at the end... hey it has to still taste great.  I loved it so much that I ate a big plate of it for lunch and nothing else.  The entire family enjoyed it too, so cauliflower will be a must have on my shopping list so we can make this dish again. 

1 head of cauliflower
1 bunch green onions whites and greens
red chili flakes to taste
red chili powder or cayenne to taste
1 clove garlic minced
1 Tbs butter
1 Tbs canola oil
salt and black pepper to taste
water as needed
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

 Cut cauliflower into florets.   Add butter and canola oil into large saute pan and saute cauliflower until you get some browning on florets.  Season with salt, pepper, red chili flakes and powder, minced garlic and whites of green onions, then saute for a bit longer.

Finally, add a quarter cup of water and put lid or foil over pan to steam the cauliflower.  Add more water a few tablespoons at a time time until cauliflower is cooked to desired tenderness. Add Parmesan cheese and toss with florets.  Taste for salt and seasoning.  Garnish with greens of the green onions. Serve hot as a side dish.  Enjoy.


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