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Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Bacon

April 21, 2011


With the local cauliflower coming in the produce shares this weekend, we thought you’d enjoy this recipe from Simply Recipes!  See another cauliflower recipe here and here.

Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Bacon

  • Cook time: 25 minutes


  • 1 cauliflower head, cut into florets
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 pound bacon or pancetta, cut into batons
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, sliced thin
  • 1-2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1-2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Lemon juice to taste


1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the cauliflower for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

2. While the water is heating, toast the pine nuts in a dry sauté pan until lightly browned. Keep an eye on them, as pine nuts go from toasted to burnt quickly. Set the pine nuts aside when they are toasted.

3. Add the bacon to the pan and fry gently over medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon and set aside with the pine nuts. Sauté the garlic for 1 minute on medium-high heat, then add the cauliflower, pine nuts, bacon, oregano and red pepper flakes. Toss to combine and sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring often. Do not let the garlic burn.

4 Turn off the heat and add salt and lemon juice to taste.

Yield: Serves 4-6 as a side dish

What is your favorite way to eat cauliflower?  Do share!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 22, 2011 5:38 am

    I am certainly not a fan of cauliflower, but this recipe is giving me second thoughts. 🙂

  2. April 27, 2011 11:15 pm

    This looks amazing! I love cauliflower but I never would have thought to fix it this way. I often roast my cauliflower in the oven with olive oil, salt and pepper, but I will have to try this!

  3. April 30, 2011 7:32 pm

    This looks delicious…I have been looking for a way to prepare this vegetable, and now I’ve got it!


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