Thursday, April 26, 2012

Arabic Roasted Orange Hybrid Cauliflower with Tahini Sauce

Orange colored cauliflower hybrid in a traditional Arabic recipe!

     This is a traditional Arabic cauliflower recipe.  There are variations of this roasted cauliflower recipe that call for orange blossom water or seville orange, so to avoid confusion, I chose not to use the Arabic language for the title of this recipe.
     Hybrid orange colored cauliflower and hybrid purple colored cauliflower are relatively new on the market.  There is subtle changes of flavor in these two cauliflower hybrids that can be noticed when doing a taste comparison with standard white cauliflower.
     There are many great traditional Arabic, Egyptian and Persian vegetarian recipes.  If you are looking for tried and true good vegetarian flavors that are not boring, then this is the direction to go.  Only a few ingredients and a couple of simple cooking techniques, turn this Arabic cauliflower recipe into a very interesting tasty dish!

     Tahini Sauce Recipe:
     Place a saute pan on the stove top, but do not turn on the heat.
     Add 3 ounces of water.
     Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of tahini. (Sesame paste.  Tahini can be found in middle eastern markets.)
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil.
     Add 3/4 tablespoon of lemon juice.
     Add 1 clove of minced garlic
     Add 1 pinch of sea salt.
     The sauce will be heated later, when the cauliflower is nearly finished roasting!
     The tahini sauce only takes about 1 minute to cook.  The tahini sauce should only be heated to order, so the sesame paste does not become bitter.

     Toasted Sesame Seeds:
     The sesame seeds do not have to be toasted till they become brown!  They only need to be toasted till they become aromatic with a few tan colored highlights.
     Heat a dry saute pan over medium heat.
     Add 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds.
     Constantly shake the pan, till the sesame seeds become aromatic and lightly toasted.
     Place the toasted sesame seeds into a small bowl.

     Arabic Roasted Orange Hybrid Cauliflower with Tahini Sauce:
     Cut about 1/2 of a head of hybrid orange cauliflower into 1" florets.  About 2 handfuls of the orange cauliflower florets should be enough.
     Place the hybrid orange cauliflower florets into a roasting pan.
     Drizzle a small amount of olive oil over the cauliflower.
     Toss the cauliflower with the olive oil.
     Season with a pinch of sea salt.
     Place the pan in a 350 degree oven.
     Toss or turn the cauliflower every once in a while, as it roasts.
     Roast the cauliflower, till a few light brown highlights appear and till the cauliflower is roasted tender.
     Heat the tahini sauce over medium low/low heat.
     Stir the tahini sauce for one minute.
     Add a small splash of water, only if the sauce becomes too thick.  The sauce should be a medium thick consistency.
     Add the roasted hybrid orange cauliflower to the tahini sauce.
     Toss the cauliflower with the tahini sauce.
     Mound the Arabic Roasted Orange Hybrid Cauliflower with Tahini Sauce on a plate.
     Sprinkle some of the toasted sesame seeds over the cauliflower.
     Garnish the plate with Italian parsley leaves.

     Simple, delicious and very healthy!  Not every Arabic recipe requires complex spice mixes.  This is an Arabic recipe that has gentle rich flavors.  The hybrid orange cauliflower looks nice in this roasted cauliflower recipe!  Yum!  ...  Shawna

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