Sunday, 19 February 2017

Best Cauliflower Dish?


I am not really a fan of cauliflower, though I do enjoy cauliflower from time to time in dishes like mixed fried vegetables and salads. I have also, in my desperation to satisfy my craving for rice, attempted a cauliflower fried rice.

Then I saw this Best Cauliflower Dish posted by Kris of Eat What, Eat Where?. That led me to Daphne Brogdon, whom I have never heard of before.

Of course I was intrigued. The pan fried cauliflower florets were coated in a reddish creamy sauce and finished off with a sprinkling of breadcrumbs and sesame seeds. 


I find it difficult to buy cauliflower, because these vegetables are already covered with dark spots by the time I got to them at the supermarket. So I had to put this recipe on hold.

Then one day, I went to Jaya Grocer and I spotted some fresh cauliflowers. I took one and grabbed 2 large red peppers. One red pepper would have sufficed but I was greedy.

Last weekend, I got to work. I roasted both red peppers because I wanted to make sure I had enough (they tend to shrink in the oven) for the sauce and if there were extras, all the better because I love roasted peppers.


Then I chopped some garlic and fried them till nicely browned. I blended some of the roasted red peppers with half of the browned garlic,  a generous tablespoon of soft tofu and some salt and pepper to make the sauce.


It was nice and creamy and tasted very nice. I loved the smoky flavor. Instead of pan frying the cauliflower, I chose to roast them in the oven.

Once the cauliflower was done, I tossed the whole lot with the red and creamy sauce. The I sprinkled some sesame seeds, remainder of the garlic and chili flakes.


Then I had a taste. Oohh...very nice! Very nice indeed! It's something unusual that I have not tasted before.

Do I think this is the best cauliflower dish? I would say it is ONE of the BEST. I would definitely make this cauliflower dish again.

Roasted Cauliflower with Red Pepper Sauce
Recipe source : Adapted from Eat What, Eat Where?

Ingredients :
- 1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into bite sized florets
- 2 large red peppers (one is enough but I used two)
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- one generous tablespoon of soft tofu
- olive oil (or any vegetable oil)
- some toasted sesame seeds for sprinkling

Method :
1. Slice red pepper into strips (not too thin) and toss in a tablespoon olive oil.
2. Place the red pepper strips in a single layer in a lined baking tray and roast at 200C for 40 minutes, tossing at half time and repeat after 10 minutes. Roast until peppers are soft and caramelized around the edges.
3. While the peppers are roasting, heat oil in wok and fry garlic until brown, Remove from oil and set aside.
4. Once peppers are done, remove from oven and set aside.
5. Toss cauliflower florets in olive oil and roast in the oven at 180C for about 20 minutes or until tender crisp.
6. While the cauliflower is roasting, make the sauce.
7. Blend red peppers (since I roasted extra peppers,  I used only 3/4), half of the fried garlic, soft tofu, salt and pepper. The mixture should be thick and creamy.
8. Once the cauliflower is cooked, place in a mixing bowl and toss with the sauce.
9. Taste for seasoning and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and chili flakes.

44 comments:

  1. Last time, when I was young, I do not eat green's, now Cauliflower is one of my favourite green's...

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  2. Ooooh at first I thought it was some curry cauliflower dish. I'm intrigued now too.

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    1. It looks hot and spicy but it's not :)

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  3. Yummy! Looks delicious and healthy too!

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    1. That's right, delicious and healthy!

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  4. Wow that's certainly looks delicious and the colour is so tempting. Healthy too!

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  5. I am never interested in cauliflower but I do eat them. If can avoid, I would not eat them. Haha.

    Your red cauliflower looked good. Maybe I will try it one day.

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    1. hah..hah..not a fan, I see. Maybe this one will change your mind.

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  6. I love Cauliflower purée or gratin with parmesan cheese :)

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    1. That's something I haven't tried yet :)

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  7. Your dish looks nice.

    I saw a hamburger being made out of cauliflower. It appear that it has been formed out of cauliflower rice.

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    1. There are lots of food being created out of cauliflower. The hamburger you mentioned sounds interesting.

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  8. Hi PH,
    Sekali tengok cam Korean Food ni..sedap tu.Nampak crunchy kobis bunga tu..saya suka tektur yg camtu jugak..krup krap bila makan

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    1. Hi Lina. Macam gojuchang, kan? Kalau masak kobis bunga, biar masih rangup, kalau terlalu masak tak sedap.

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  9. sounds very tasty but so much work. good that you are diligent enough to cook this dish.

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  10. I do like cauliflower and that sauce looks delicious.

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    1. It is delicious and will please many a vegetarian!

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  11. I'm so glad you tried out this recipe and liked it so much that you would make it again. When I first tasted this dish, I was also blown away by the unusual combination and taste. Looks like it works just as great with roasting the cauliflower instead of pan-frying...now why didn't I think of that! ;) If I have some ready fried garlic oil, I would so go this route...put both the cauliflower and red bell pepper to roast in one tray...kautim, your way is much faster and less work! ^.^ The only difference I see in your dish from mine is yours is way more vibrant in colour coz your ratio of pepper to tofu is more. Since I love the smoky flavour of the peppers too, I think I'll add more peppers (like you did) when I make this again.

    P/S: Thanks for the mention though I'd be more comfortable if you've said "adapted from Daphne Brogdon"....haha! :D

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    1. Well, I was guided by your post, so I shall link back to you hah..hah...

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  12. creative PH, couliflower kadang tu takde rasa nak makan sebab asyik2 cara masakanyang sama

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    1. Masak macam ni ada kelainan sket. Boleh tahan sedap.

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  13. Certainly a healthy dish too!! Really worth trying out! The other day I went to Spice Kitchen, one appetizer dish is baked cauliflower too, with a bit sweet and spicy, I could taste some honey caramel on it... Not bad these cauliflowers, can make something tasty out of them!

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    1. I have seen recipe for baked cauliflower where they roasted a whole head of cauliflower. Looks delish and maybe one day I will try it.

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  14. The colour of your Roasted Cauliflower is very nice and appetizing. It is calling me!

    Whenever I went to eat at the Chap Fan mixed rice shop, my eyes would scan for the fried cauliflower! I love to eat them with some spicy curry dish thrown in. Yummy & Healthy!

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    1. Glad to know you love cauliflower. Me I prefer broccoli.

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  15. I never buy cauliflower here - must be really old already, imported from China or where, dunno over at your side. So bland, tasteless...unlike the ones overseas, just boil and eat, so sweet, so fragrant, good to eat on its own.

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    1. Quite hard to find really fresh ones over here too. As for the taste, I have not tasted the one from overseas. The Australian ones are rather pricey and by the time they get here, may not taste that good.

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  16. Hi Phong Hong, indeed a very special and unusual cauliflower dish. Haven't come across using soft tofu for the sauce. I must remember to try this.

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    1. Hi Kimmy! I found it unusual too and it tasted very nice.

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  17. Cauliflower... I'm sure it would have been better if the creamy sauce is mixed with chicken. Or pork. Or even fish. Just saying. :/ :P

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    1. Actually, you are right. Can also use this sauce for meat/fish. Nanti I try.

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  18. First sight, i ingat ayam, hihi.

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  19. I also don't really fancy cauliflower, I prefer broccoli

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  20. I never cook any cauliflower at home because hubby and Sam not fan of it. But I do always buy its brother ~ broccoli, LOL

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  21. Very unusual dish. I thought it was fried chili cauliflower. We prefer cauliflower but we do eat cauliflower in mixed vegetables.

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    1. It does look like a hot and spicy chili cauliflower :)

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  22. Anti betul U dengan minyak ye PH. Baguslah U ni.... patutlah body slim sokmo ek.
    Menu rare ni. Selalunya bunga kobis ni orang masuk dalam tomyam tak pun masuk dalam sayur campurkan. Ada aje your idea dengan red peppers tu. Kalau mak sure punya kecut dalam esbok hihi

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    1. Eh, tak anti lah, Hainom. Selalunya minyak, PH pakat bantai aje. Mana pulak PH slim? Dua pemeluk punya..hah..hah...

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