The Wallace's Grilled Cauliflower

Raven Higheagle

By
@ravenhigheagle

At The Wallace they serve seasonal California cuisine using locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. The vegetable section is the largest part of the menu and this grilled cauliflower is one of the stand out dishes.
Fresh cauliflower is seasoned with oil and rosemary then grilled until tender. Before serving you toss the cauliflower in a tasty Parmesan cream sauce and then garnish with some toasted almond bread crumbs. This dish will make a cauliflower lover out of anyone.
The real key to this recipe is having a very hot grill and allowing the cauliflower to cook and char.


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Rating:

Serves:

Serves 4 to 6

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

15 Min

Method:

Grill

Ingredients

ALMOND BREAD CRUMBS

1/4 c
bread crumbs
1/4 c
whole raw almonds
1/2 c
fresh grated parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp
chopped parsley

PARMESAN CREAM

1/4 c
crème fraîche
2 Tbsp
greek yogurt
1 1/2 tsp
fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp
minced garlic
1/4 c
fresh grated parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp
worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp
kosher salt
1/4 tsp
cracked black pepper

ROSEMARY GARLIC OIL

1/2 c
extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp
chopped fresh rosemary
3 clove
grated garlic

GRILLED CAULIFLOWER

1 large
cauliflower, cut into 4 to 5 "steaks," keeping the core intact so
salt and pepper
rosemary garlic oil
parmesan cream
almond bread crumbs
fried rosemary sprigs, if desired, for garnish
1 jar(s)
capers, if desired, for garnish

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Almond bread crumbs:
Toast the bread crumbs over moderate heat in a dry skillet on the stove until golden and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes (or spread out on a rimmed baking sheet in a 325-degree oven for 5 minutes).
2
Stir the bread crumbs occasionally, watching that they do not burn.
3
In the same manner, toast the almonds until aromatic and slightly darkened, 2 to 3 minutes, or 10 to 15 minutes in the oven.
4
Place the almonds in a food processor and pulse until they are reduced to the size of bread crumbs, then combine in a bowl with the bread crumbs, folding in the Parmesan cheese and parsley.
5
This makes a scant cup of topping. Set aside.
6
Parmesan cream:
In a blender, combine the crème fraiche, yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, cheese, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, combining to a smooth cream. Set aside.
7
Rosemary garlic oil:
In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the oil, rosemary and garlic. Set aside.
8
Grilled cauliflower:
Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat until hot.
9
Season both sides of the cauliflower "steaks" with salt and pepper, then brush with the rosemary garlic oil.
10
Place the steaks on the grill and cook as you would a steak, grilling until they develop a good char and begin to soften, 3 to 4 minutes.
11
If the steaks are coloring too quickly and you are afraid they will burn, adjust the heat of the grill or move them to a cooler area to cook.
12
Brush the steaks again and flip over, grilling the other side.
13
The total grilling time should be 6 to 8 minutes, depending on the grill.
14
Remove the steaks and transfer to a cutting board, cutting off the florets.
15
Place the cauliflower in a bowl and toss with the Parmesan cream and a little more rosemary garlic oil.
16
Mound on a serving plate while still warm.
17
Garnish with almond bread crumbs (you may not use all of them), along with fried rosemary and capers if desired. Serve immediately.

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