Cauliflower with Parsley-Pecan Breadcrumbs
Breadcrumbs and cauliflower are a classic, comforting duo. In this nourishing and substantial side dish, pecans and lots of parsley add a major yum factor to the crumb topping. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet blog.
Serves: 4 to 6
- 1 medium slice whole grain bread
- 1/3 cup pecans (or substitute walnuts)
- 1/2 cup parsley leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika (for a zestier effect,
try smoked Spanish paprika)
- 1 medium cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup sun-dried tomato strips (preferably not oil-cured
but still nice and moist), optional
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Tear the bread into a few pieces and place in a food processor along with the pecans, parsley (make sure rinsed parsley is completely dry before adding), and paprika. Pulse on and off until the entire mixture is reduced to even, coarse crumbs.
Place the cauliflower florets in a skillet with just enough water to keep the bottom moist. Cover and steam over medium heat until tender-crisp.
Drizzle in the oil, stir, and raise the heat to medium high. Cook, stirring frequently for 2 to 3 minutes longer, or until the caulflower is touched here and there with light brown spots.
Remove from the heat and stir in the dried tomatoes if using them. Season with salt and pepper. You can either transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle evenly with the crumbs, or sprinkle the crumbs over the cauliflower in the pan and serve.
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