Cauliflower that is. With bacon. And capers. So awesome.
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A recipe was recently sent to my inbox that made me want to leave work immediately and get to a kitchen. This cauliflower recipe that I borrowed comes from a chef down in Charleston, South Carolina. By roasting the cauliflower in a cast iron skillet, in bacon fat, and then coating with a salty, caper-y sauce, you have the perfect veggie dish. I can't take any credit for coming up with this beauty, only slight modifications, but really wanted to share it with y'all. And if any of you are ever down in Charleston, head to Two Boroughs Larder. Looks like thebomb.com.
1 head garlic (whole, 1/4 in trimmed from top)
¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
4 strips bacon (preferably double-smoked)
1 large head cauliflower, quartered
¼ cup fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
¼ cup fish sauce
1 tablespoon salted capers, rinsed and coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
2 teaspoons finely chopped red Fresno chile (about 1 small chile)
Heat a large cast-iron pan over medium heat, add the bacon and cook until browned and crisp, about 8 minutes total. Transfer the bacon to a paper-towel-lined plate, crumble and set aside for the vinaigrette. Add the cauliflower quarters cut-side down to the bacon fat in the pan. Place the pan in the oven and cook until browned, about 50 minutes. Don't go in the and toss things around. Let one side crisp up.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the lime juice, sugar and salt until the sugar and salt dissolve. Whisk in the roasted garlic and fish sauce. Whisking constantly, drizzle in the ¼ cup of the olive oil. Stir in the capers, parsley, crumbled bacon and chiles.
To serve, place the cauliflower quarters on a platter and pour the vinaigrette over the top.