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Food How to Cook a Whole Head of Cauliflower in 5 Minutes

00:25  19 october  2019
00:25  19 october  2019 Source:   food52.com

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A 2lb. head of cauliflower , 3 tbsp. olive oil, divided, 1/2 tsp. coarse kosher salt, 1/4 tsp. coarse black pepper. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Pull all the leaves off of the cauliflower and use a paring knife to remove a bit of the core. Don 't take out too much though.

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The regality of a whole-roasted cauliflower is indisputable. Whether it's abcV's garnish-bejeweled cauli-crown or Alon Shaya poached-then-baked centerpiece, roasting an entire head of cauliflower is one of the best ways to celebrate the cruciferous vegetable in all its glory.

Not to mention you don't have to deal with the mess that comes with floreting the beast, i.e. spraying it all over your kitchen counter (and floor). It goes without saying, but: Cooked cauliflower cuts significantly neater than raw.

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And that’s how she will look like after 13 minutes of steaming. Photo by: Assaf Ambram. That is why I start by steaming the cauliflower in order to partially When you stand the cauliflower in a pot, you only need to add around 4 cm (2. 5 in) to cook the entire head ! Once the pot is covered and the water

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There are a few routes you could go here. You could steam it or boil it or bake it.

But if you've got an Instant Pot lying around, why not pressure-cook it? A single head of cauliflower fits snugly onto the metal trivet of even the smallest 3-quart model—and cooks it absurdly fast.

Did you know that, in the Instant Pot, a whole cauliflower can cook all the way through in just 5 minutes? That's about 3 or so minutes to come up to pressure (especially if you've got the mini model) and 2 minutes to actually cook.

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After that, you're free to finish your Brassica off in a hot oven, say 450°F, if you're looking for that caramelized burnish. (Which I don't bother with; I love the clean, comforting taste of just-steamed cauliflower.)

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It's comforting to know that in 5 minutes I can have an instant side dish to round out all manner of meals, like honey-mustard chicken, grilled baby back ribs, and pan-fried lamb chops. Because as much as I love eating these mains with fresh white rice, my go-to carb, I don't always have the patience to wait for a pot. (Even in the Instant Pot, you still have to soak your rice, wait for the water to come up to pressure, and natural-release ... slowly.)

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Roasting cauliflower as a whole head turns it into a side dish or main that not only looks impressive How to Roast Cauliflower Steaks. Remove the leaves from the outside of the cauliflower . Sprinkle parmesan cheese on cauliflower head and broil for 3- 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly

When cooking whole head of cauliflower , microwave on high for 3 to 4 minutes , turn head over and continue to cook for 3 to 4 more minutes . One 10 oz. package for frozen cauliflower equals 2 cups cut up. Do not cook cauliflower in an aluminum or iron pot because the chemicals in cauliflower

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There is, of course, the question of how to season the cauliflower all the way through. When you're cooking a whole head intact like this, there's less surface area for any seasonings—especially salt—to latch onto.

Shaya gets around this by poaching the whole thing in a heavily salted brine of wine, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes, which penetrates the vegetable to the core. Chef Neal Harden at abcV serves his with various garnishes, including pickled pearl onions and a sharp, gingery tahini sauce, to complement the vegetable's characteristic (and comforting) blandness.

Me? I turn, as ever, to my signature Magic Spice Blend™.

I love the way Magic Spice's barbecued sweetness lends an almost meaty quality to the vegetable, not to mention unutterable savoriness (lip-smacking, if you will). After sprinkling the spice blend all over the cauliflower, then pressure-cooking it, I like to carve the vegetable into fat steaks. These steaks get a last-minute dusting of seasoning and a garnish of chunked feta and fresh oregano.

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But how to cook a whole head of cauliflower ? I knew the prep involved trimming away the leaves and cutting out the core while leaving the smaller stems in If the core is still tough, leave the cauliflower in the oven uncovered for 10-15 more minutes until the knife slides through to the center easily.

For home cooks , it’s all too easy to fall into a vegetable rut. Coming up with main courses for weeknight dinners is hard enough; very often, vegetables are the afterthought. Salad dumped out of a bag, or some out-of-season steamed asparagus or roasted brussels sprouts — these basics let us check the

(I once made a Nigella Lawson stew that was finished with feta and oregano. The classic combination makes sense: That little sharpness from the cheese and musky aroma from the herbs complements the spiced, meaty cauliflower beautifully.)

If you wanted, you could serve this over yogurt, like Shaya, or with a tahini sauce, like Harden. But I like it just like this.

Ingredients

Magic spice blend:

  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instant Pot cauliflower:

  • 1 small head cauliflower, trimmed of leaves and stem cut as close to florets as possible
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Small handful chunked whole feta, for garnish
  • Small handful fresh oregano leaves, for garnish

Directions

In a small bowl or jar, stir together the brown sugar, paprika, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, celery seed, and cayenne pepper until well combined. Set aside.

Place trimmed and cleaned cauliflower head on a cutting board and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle generously with the spice blend, taking care to rotate it and cover all sides completely, leaving back about a tablespoon for garnish later.

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Today I am cooking it whole in the pressure cooker . You'd be surprised that it takes so much longer, I was, but this is the trick to it and you're going to Break the outside leaves off the head of cauliflower and cut the core out, leaving the head in tact. Cut the bottom dry bit off the stem and trim it, cut into

1 head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), white, green or romanesco, 5 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for drizzling, 3 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced, 3 whole salt-packed anchovies, rinsed and filleted, or 5 to 6 anchovy fillets, ¾ teaspoon finely chopped rosemary leaves

In a 3-quart Instant Pot, place the metal trivet into the bottom of the pot insert and pour in the water. Place the seasoned cauliflower head on the trivet. Seal the lid and cook on high pressure for 2 minutes. Release pressure immediately and transfer cooked cauliflower to a cutting board.

Cut it into large, thick steaks. Sprinkle with the remaining spice blend. Plate and garnish with feta chunks and oregano leaves.

Serves 2 to 4 as a side dish.

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