Sunday, October 25, 2009
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I've heard of using cauliflower to make mashed potatoes if you're on a low-carb diet. But until I saw Alisa's post last week, I'd never heard of cauliflower risotto! I loved the idea and happened to have a head of cauliflower in my produce drawer.
Alisa's recipe is dairy free, due to her allergies, but I took some liberties, listed below. I also doubled her original recipe because we had company for dinner. It made a lot and would probably serve 6 as a side dish.
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 head cauliflower, grated (either by hand or food processor)
1 cup onion, grated
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup broth of your choice (I used vegetarian)
6 Tbsp pine nuts
2 Tbsp parmesan cheese
1 tsp salt
pepper, to taste
Thank goodness for my Cuisinart grating attachment! If it weren't so sharp I'd kiss it! This saved me so much time by grating the whole head of cauliflower and a few little onions in literally seconds.
Grate the cauliflower and set aside. Grate the onion and add it to a large skillet over medium heat with oil and cook for a few minutes until it becomes translucent. Add the cauliflower and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and continue to cook for a minute more. Add the broth, reduce the heat and cover, letting it cook a few minutes. You'll want the cauliflower to be "al dente" with a little texture so it isn't just mush.
Meanwhile, pulse together the pine nuts, cheese, and salt until it forms a powdery consistency. (My food processor was wet from rinsing it out, so mine was a little more in paste form.)
Remove the cauliflower from the heat and stir in the nut mixture until well combined. Add pepper to taste.
We have about half (maybe 3 cups?) leftover. I'm thinking of forming it into patties and pan-frying them in a little oil for a variance. Alisa also suggests adding steamed veggies or leftover meats for a quick lunch.
Thank you, everybody for your birthday wishes! I had a great day! While Sabor do Brasil ended up being closed unexpectedly, we had a nice impromptu lunch at Red Lobster instead. Later, we headed to Medieval Times where we feasted like kings in the green knight's section and cheered him on until we lost our voices!
Saturday I received a wonderful surprise package from Miss Sophia of Burp and Slurp~ (She had told me I was getting a card!)
Inside was a beautiful drawing she did by hand! Also a heartfelt card, two packages of her favorite crackers from Korea, and two packages of nori seaweed sheets. Those are definitely a first time ingredient that I can't wait to experiment with! Thank you again, Sophia, that was really sweet of you!