Cauliflower in red wine

Cauliflower in red wine

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From
Sicily
Serves
4-6

This unusual combination of flavours adds up to much more than the sum of its parts. The recipe was given to me by Gino Borella, an Italian chef of great standing who worked for a while with a Sicilian chef who taught him this in his youth. I suspect it is one of those Sicilian dishes that was developed by the poor: having only vegetables to work with, this is what they came up with instead of meat in red wine sauce, and jolly delicious it is, too.

Try it with roast meat, or enjoy it on its own like a chunky soup in a bowl or mixed with cannellini beans or on top of brown rice. I’ve also served it as part of a spread of antipasti. Always serve it warm with bread to mop up the wonderfully umami juices.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
5 anchovy fillets in oil, drained
4 garlic cloves, peeled
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
600-700g cauliflower, broken into walnut-sized florets
250ml red wine
1 tablespoon tomato puree
100ml vegetable stock or water
salt
freshly ground black pepper
50g salted butter
small bunch parsley, chopped

Method

  1. Finely chop the anchovies and garlic together on a board. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the anchovy mixture over a low heat for a few minutes until the anchovies dissolve. Do keep the heat low so as not to burn the garlic.
  2. Meanwhile, parboil the cauliflower for 3 minutes in boiling salted water. Drain and add to the frying pan. Keep tossing the cauliflower so that the florets are well covered with the anchovy mixture and cook for about 5 minutes, taking care not to let it burn, then add the wine and bring to the boil.
  3. Add the tomato purée, stock and black pepper. Boil again for a couple of minutes, then stir in the butter and, when melted, reduce the temperature to a slow simmer for 10–15 minutes until the cauliflower is cooked through. Check the seasoning and add more pepper and some salt if necessary. Stir in the parsley and serve.
Tags:
Italy
Italian
Sicily
Sicilian
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