How do you define simple?
Not too complicated?
How about braised cauliflower-Greek style?
I know I often rave about simplicity in the kitchen and this dish is a classic example of that.
When I served this
Greek style braised cauliflower
dish to a friend recently, he remarked that not only was it tasty but quite frugal too.
The whole head cost me about three dollars. Add a few tomatoes, some onion, garlic and my beloved cinnamon and voila! A simple and cheap dinner.
Pair the braised cauliflower with your favourite protein or serve it as the star attraction with a side of Greek fetta. And don't forget some crusty bread to mop up those gorgeous, olive oil infused juices.
The hardest part about this dish is chopping it up into neat florets. The easiest part is the cooking.
I like to cook the cauliflower florets until they become nice and caramelised. Once that's done, add the cinnamon stick and tomtoes and let it simmer for about fifteen minutes. Anymore and you'll be enjoying mushy cauliflower. So be wary about overcooking it.
You can choose to omit the cinnamon but to me that's what makes this dish. Like my cinnamon braised lamb shanks, I just adore the mariage between cinnamon and tomatoes!
Simplicity rules ok!
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 cauliflower head, cut into florets
- 1 onion, finely diced or grated
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 250 grams of tomatoes (grated, passata, canned diced tomatoes)
- ½ cinnamon stick
- ¼ cup water
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over a medium to high heat.
- Add the onions and garlic and cook until translucent.
- Add the cauliflower florets and saute until the cauliflower has slightly caramelised (about 5 minutes).
- Add the cinnamon, tomatoes, cinnamon stick salt and pepper and water. Allow the mixture to come to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cook for 15 mins or until cauliflower becomes tender.
- Serve immediately with bread and fetta.