Recipe: Sauteed Cauliflower with Pecans

Jul 15, 2012 by     No Comments    Posted under: Recipes, Side Dish Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
Sauteed Cauliflower with Pecans Recipe

Sauteed Cauliflower with Pecans Recipe

I planted a few varieties of cauliflower in my garden this year; perhaps a few too many.  I have cauliflower coming out of my ears now!  I’ve been eating it raw, with pasta, mashed up, and whatever else I can think of.  From the “whatever else” category comes this delightful side dish creation that you simply must try.

Sauteed cauliflower is awesome, and is especially nice with nuts.  My favorite are walnuts, but I was out of those and found that the richer flavor of pecans worked very nicely with this dish.  I had cooked some bacon earlier in the day, so I used the bacon fat to saute with.  I recommend this for the additional flavor component, but you could use olive oil instead if you wanted a healthier version.  I also added some nutmeg, and found that it magically elevated every component in the dish to a new height of taste bud happiness.

Serve this dish with some grilled fish or chicken, on top of some spring mix for a nice warm salad, or serve it over buttered pasta for a delicious vegetarian meal.  However you choose to serve it, Sauteed Cauliflower with Pecans is a delicious and healthy way to use your summer garden cauliflower crop.

Ingredients for Sauteed Cauliflower with Pecans

  • 1/2 large head cauliflower, cut/torn into individual bite-sized florets and stem pieces
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons rendered bacon fat (or olive oil)
  • freshly grated nutmeg to taste, roughly 1/8 teaspoon
  • salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Sauteed Cauliflower with Pecans

  1. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat until hot.
  2. Add the bacon fat and swirl to coat pan.
  3. Add the cauliflower and saute until it begins to brown, stirring and turning as needed to brown evenly.
  4. After about 5 minutes, reduce heat to medium, add the onions and pecans, and cover with lid.  Covering will trap steam and help to cook the cauliflower.
  5. Stir every few minutes until the onions are translucent and the cauliflower is softened, about 10 minutes.  The cauliflower should be soft but still have a slight crunch to it.
  6. Season to taste with nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
Sauteing Cauliflower and Pecans

Sauteing Cauliflower and Pecans

Serves 3-4

Recipe by Jothan Yeager, July 2012

 

The Bald Gourmet grows cauliflower in his garden and creates delicious and healthy recipes with it, like Sauteed Cauliflower with Pecans.

 

Recipe: Sauteed Cauliflower with Pecans
 
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Serve this dish with some grilled fish or chicken, on top of some spring mix for a nice warm salad, or serve it over buttered pasta for a delicious vegetarian meal. However you choose to serve it, Sauteed Cauliflower with Pecans is a delicious and healthy way to use your summer garden cauliflower crop.
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Servings: 3-4

Ingredients
  • ½ large head cauliflower, cut/torn into individual bite-sized florets and stem pieces
  • ½ cup pecan halves
  • ½ large onion, chopped into ¼ inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons rendered bacon fat (or olive oil)
  • freshly grated nutmeg to taste, roughly ⅛ teaspoon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat until hot.
  2. Add the bacon fat and swirl to coat pan.
  3. Add the cauliflower and saute until it begins to brown, stirring and turning as needed to brown evenly.
  4. After about 5 minutes, reduce heat to medium, add the onions and pecans, and cover with lid. Covering will trap steam and help to cook the cauliflower.
  5. Stir every few minutes until the onions are translucent and the cauliflower is softened, about 10 minutes. The cauliflower should be soft but still have a slight crunch to it.
  6. Season to taste with nutmeg, salt, and pepper.

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