Saturday, April 24, 2010

Caramelized Cauliflower with Honey and Smoked Paprika

I had this at my friend Kristy's house and loved it! Vegetables with honey! I takes a little bit of time to brown the cauliflower in the pan, so be patient. I used the white part of a couple green onions and regular sweet paprika (not smoked). My kids ate it up!

Caramelized Cauliflower with Honey and Smoked Paprika
3TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
2TBSP unsalted butter
1 large head of cauliflower, cut into 1 inch florets
salt and pepper
1 shallot, minced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp smoked sweet paprika
2 TBSP honey
1/2 lemon

In a large frying pan over medium heat, warm 2 tablespoons of the oil and melt the butter. Add the cauliflower florets, sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt, and toss gently to coat the florets. Spread the florets into 1 layer and cook, without stirring, until the undersides are lightly browned, 3-4 minutes. Flip each piece over and continue cooking, undisturbed, until evenly browned, 3-4 minutes. Repeat until all sides are evenly browned, 3-5 minutes longer.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil, the shallot, red pepper flakes, and paprika to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallot is softened, 2-3 minutes. Add the honey and 2 tablespoons of water and sauté until the liquid reduces to a glaze 2-3 minutes. Squeeze the juice from the lemon half over the cauliflower, stir to combine, and cook for 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Taste and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.

Transfer the cauliflower to a warmed bowl and serve right away. Serves 4-6



I like it better with the sweet paprika, I tried it both ways. I love this.