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the collie flower

ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,673
edited 10:06PM in EggHead Forum
You’re gonna need to be a fan of cauliflower to appreciate this. I know this is a bit redundant style-wise but fits well within the framework of alternate (to the same old slab of meat) cooking.

The old family method of preparing cauliflower involves chopping & cooking it to death with a healthy dose of olive oil, salt, pepper, and locatelli (pecorino) cheese, fried into a sort of pancake (basically a version of bubble & squeak). I did that here, & once finished on both sides, topped in concentric circles with tomato, black olives, grilled scallions & mozzarella, the idea being you eat it from the center out & experience several different flavors with each ring as you work towards the edge (which is unique itself as the part that’s the most cooked, almost burned, crispy & crunchy).

The humble cauliflower:

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Chop into large sections & into a pan with some water, steam for a while with the lid on to soften:

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After a little while:

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When done, add a spoonful (or twelve) of locatelli:

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Form into a disc on a well-oiled & foiled veggie tray:

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Onto the egg:

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After it’s crispy, remove, & throw on some scallions to caramelize:

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Add the tomatoes to the center, the olives, scallions & cheese:

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Back onto the egg to heat it through:

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After about 10 minutes cut it up & serve:

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A close-up of the outer edge, the wife’s favorite part:

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Happy Memorial Day to one & all, Marc
happy in the hut
West Chester Pennsylvania

Comments

  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,675
    Come on,, get back to the meat :woohoo: :laugh:
    Sorry for the delay but it went out yesterday so you should see it Tuesday ;)
  • BigjohnBigjohn Posts: 144
    Zippylip, you are amazing.
  • FluffybFluffyb Posts: 1,815
    Makes all of my cooks look rediculously simple! I love cauliflower, so it looks awesome to me.
  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,673
    there'll be plenty-o-meat this weekend, thought I'd ease into it :laugh: ; and thanks, looking forward to its arrival. Did your aunt hook you up with those pretzels?
    happy in the hut
    West Chester Pennsylvania
  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,673
    Johnny, I've been trying to convince my wife of that for years to no avail :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
    happy in the hut
    West Chester Pennsylvania
  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,675
    I ate 6 on the 45 minute drive from the airport :woohoo:
  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,673
    Teresa, this was rediculously simple & just as tasty. The best way to do this is actually indoors in a non-stick pan or griddle, in much smaller 'pancake' sized portions. I too love cauliflower, raw, steamed, sauteed, fried or otherwise - when you caramelize it (to the point of almost blackening it) it's my favorite, takes on an entire different character
    happy in the hut
    West Chester Pennsylvania
  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,673
    6 Federal Street soft pretzels in 45 minutes, may I assume you had to make a stop at the emergency room to have 1/2 of your intestines removed :laugh:
    happy in the hut
    West Chester Pennsylvania
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 12,836
    Well, the only times I have attempted cauliflower, I thought it was awful. Then again, I felt that way about avocado and Brussels sprouts too and have recently become a fan of both.

    That is the most appetizing cauliflower dish I have ever seen, Marc. Perhaps there's hope.

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,673
    Michael, it is an acquired taste like many things. Try it as described above but indoors as described to Fluffyb above and with no other toppings, just experience the flavor of what it can be with olive oil, salt, pepper & pecorino (this particular format came courtesy my great grandmother). Also, I neglected to add that hot pepper flakes are also added at the outset, but if you're not a fan of heat they can certainly be omitted.
    happy in the hut
    West Chester Pennsylvania
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 12,836
    I'll try it again... but I think I'm gonna need toppings!!! :laugh:

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • bubba timbubba tim Posts: 3,216
    Looks great Marc. Any leftovers?
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  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    Finally! A good use for collie flower. ;) YUM YUM.
  • loco_engrloco_engr Posts: 3,673
    Marc:

    Truly Amazing!

    Were you able to slide a peel under it to remove
    from the foil? Thanks
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    everyone has the same tongue. it's whether the mind that's attached to it is open, or not, that makes the difference...
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817
    Do you ever cook anything that isn't round?

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,673
    have you ever seen over the dashboard?
    happy in the hut
    West Chester Pennsylvania
  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,673
    thanks, and no, it took a great deal more effort than that, which is where a non-stick pan or much more controlled indoor implements are helpful.
    happy in the hut
    West Chester Pennsylvania
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817
    You are up kinda late aren't you?

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    I thought we had a deal where we didnt reply to each other anymore, especially with irony or sarcasm. God forbid some self-appointed arbiter assume you are being mean to zippy
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,673
    indeed
    happy in the hut
    West Chester Pennsylvania
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817
    It was a simple question. I didn't call him an **** or anything

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    But you THOUGHT it

    (should we send someone to check on rod? Maybe he fell down and can't get up)
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817
    Is there some kind of race in ATL?

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • Austin  EggheadAustin Egghead Posts: 3,893
    Daaayum!! I bet I could get Lloyd to eat and enjoy that cauliflower (of course, I would not tell him it is cauliflower :laugh: ) Bookmarked
    Large, small and mini now Egging in Rowlett Tx
  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
     
    Looks very good Marc and I don't do many veggies. :cheer:

    Blair

     
  • LDDLDD Posts: 1,225
    that looks great. I love cauliflower. And I enjoy your posts of not so common dishes
    context is important :)
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