Saturday, December 24, 2011

Festive and Easy Holiday Side Dish : Romenesco Cauliflower

So I got some wonderfully fresh and free vegetables from my farms field and greenhouse. One of my coworkers hand picked a whole basketful of produce for me and finding the basket in front of my desk in my office was like finding gifts under the Christmas tree. She left me at least 6 fresh tomatoes (yes-tomatoes in December from the green house mmm) turnips, a ton of broccoli and a mystery vegetable-something that I had never seen before. After exploring the internet I figured out that the item was romenesco cauliflower. Now romensco cauliflower doesn't look anything like the normal cauliflower that you usually see in the stores-I was pretty flabbergasted about what it was for awhile and if it was even edible. Cutting the head of the cauliflower I noticed that eat floret looks like a mini Christmas tree. It was so cool! Not only did the shape make this the perfect vegetable to include on your holiday menu but the flavor is fabulous as well. It is much sweeter than normal cauliflower and has a slightly nutty taste to it.

-2 and a half tomatoes
-1 onion
-1 head of romanesc cauliflower
-3 large cloves of garlic
-1 tspn basil
-1 tspn oregano
-1/4 tspn red pepper flakes
-1/2 tspn ground black pepper
-1 1/2 tspn salt
-1/4 cup of olive oil

 Preheat the over to 350 F. Dice the onion, tomatoes and cauliflower. Mix all the ingredients together and spread out evenly on a roasting pan. Cook for a haf an hour and then increase the temperature to 400 F and cook for another 15 minutes. Be sure to mix the vegetables together on the pan at leeast halfway through the cooking time.

This recipe tastes amazing I just couldn't stop eating these veggies. Your guests will be oober impressed-trust me. I think I am going to try to make this for my next Holiday potluck party. Happy Holidays!

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