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Festive Cauliflower

December 16, 2009

~ Mary ~


Here’s a cute little number that you can make in a jiffy.  It’s festive without being naughty and flavorful enough to fill up on without feeling guilty. 


Not much else to say other than it’s adapted from the cookbook

Great Food Without Fuss – a Beard Award Winning Cookbook

“Lively, imaginative food made with a minimum of fuss from 70 great cooks, among them James Beard, Julia Child, Craig Claiborne, Marion Cunningham, Elizabeth David, M.F.K. Fisher, Bert Greene, Madhur Jaffrey, Barbara Kafka, and Alice Waters.”



Festive Cauliflower


Fill a large soup/sauce pan with enough water to submerge a whole head of cauliflower without over-flowing. Bring the water to a boil then pop in:

     Whole Head of Cauliflower that’s been trimmed of its bottom leaves.


Bring the water back to a boil and simmer for 4-5 minutes.

Remove from water – it should NOT be cooked all the way –  let it cool to the touch before you cut it into bite-sized pieces.


In a 9″ saute pan with some olive oil saute

      3 Cloves Garlic minced

      1/4 Cup Pine Nuts


When the garlic starts to turn a little golden add the cut up cauliflower along with:

     1/2 Cup Craisins

     Kosher Salt to taste

     Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste


PUT A LID over the pan and let it cook for 5-8 minutes or until the cauliflower is cooked the rest of the way through.

Place in serving bowl and garnish with

    2 Tbsp Fresh Chopped Parsley


13 Comments leave one →
  1. December 16, 2009 4:36 pm

    So pretty!

  2. lvegas permalink
    December 16, 2009 10:50 pm

    How pretty! Perfectly gorgeous and tasty dish for the holidays.

  3. December 16, 2009 10:57 pm

    Great looking cauliflower! This is the time for festive food!

  4. December 16, 2009 11:24 pm

    Nice idea.

  5. December 16, 2009 11:55 pm

    What a colorful dish! I would never have thought of that combination of ingredients. My daughter will love this recipe. She’s a Craisins fan!

  6. December 17, 2009 3:35 am

    This look so gorgeous and festive. I don’t mind eating a lot of vegetables if they look so colourful and delicious.

  7. December 17, 2009 9:11 am

    Yum! Cauliflower is so delicious but I feel as if it’s underused as a holiday dish. This is a great way to serve it.

  8. pat permalink
    December 17, 2009 9:34 am

    Who’d a thunk cauliflower could be so cute? It’s adorable!!! Looks good enough to eat!

  9. December 17, 2009 10:35 am

    I did’t like cauliflower when I was a kid, now I can’t have enough of it. Your salad looks great.

  10. tastyeatsathome permalink
    December 17, 2009 3:56 pm

    Looks great and festive!

  11. December 17, 2009 8:15 pm

    I LOVE THIS! Cauliflower and Cranberries are my favourite ! More so cn be prepared in jiffy. Thnaks for sharing. Will make this when I have another roast dinner :))

  12. December 17, 2009 9:13 pm

    I’ve never thought of cauliflower with cranberries – it’s beautiful!

  13. December 18, 2009 10:03 am

    Mary, you’ve made a simple vegetable dish look so beautiful and flavorful!

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