Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cauliflower with creamy bell pepper and pesto sauce

Cauliflower with creamy pepper and pesto sauce / Lillkapsas paprika-pestokastmega

I LOVE cauliflower and one of my favourite ways of eating it is simply boiled and dabbed with some melted butter. However, that only works with young cauliflowers in late summer. The older the cauliflower, the harsher the cruciferous flavour, and you'll need a gutsy and strong-flavoured sauce to dress the cauliflower. Here's a recent - and very excellent find.

You can serve it as a side dish (enough for four), or as a main dish with some crusty bread (enough for two)

Cauliflower with creamy pepper and pesto sauce
(Lillkapsas paprika-pestokastmega)
Adapted from the Swedish Arla site.

1 red bell pepper
1 large cauliflower (about 600 g)
1 to 2 Tbsp butter
200 ml double/thick cream
3 to 4 Tbsp basil pesto
salt, to taste

Cut the cauliflower into small florets. Blanch in a lightly salted water for 3-4 minutes, until al dente.
Meanwhile, deseed and chop the pepper. Heat some butter in a small frying pan, add the bell pepper and sauté gently until softened. Add the cream and pesto, stir until combined. Simmer for a few minutes, until lightly thickened, then season to taste with salt, if necessary.
Drain the cauliflower thoroughly. Place into a serving bowl, spoon the red bell pepper and pesto sauce on top.
Serve hot or at room temperature.

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Claudia Moser said...

I love the idea, must try this, thanks for sharing!

Maya said...

This looks really good! The combination of ingredients sounds so interesting and I'm eager to try this recipe. Bookmarked! :)
I adore cauliflower (and other cruciferous veggies), so I'm always on the lookout for (more) tasty recipes.
Thanks for sharing!

Grandma Kat @ Easy Recipes Land said...

This looks like something I've never tried before. So, I will make it this weekend for me and my hubby since he loves cauliflower.

Thanks for the recipe,

Grandma Kat

Jenny said...

Thanks for sharing!
It makes me hungry! :D

Kalyn Denny said...

Oh yes, this sounds like a wonderful way to cook cauliflower.

Clint said...

Tere Pille! Vabanda meie vastuse viibimist- olime mõned päevad tehnikast eemal ega saanud mahti Sulle varem kirjutada. Vareenikuid müüb turul seesama armas kiosk kalaleti kõrval, kus on müügil isetehtud vorstid, puljongid ja pelmeenid- elik ära tunned eeskätt tossava korstna järgi:) Eelmisel nädalavahetusel neid aga üldse esindatud polnud, mistõttu jäime ilma nii vorstidest kui mõnusast puljongist.. Loodame, et leiad üles ja ei pea pettuma. Parimat, Klimp Yeastfood

Reina said...

Mmmm...yumy. Looks tasty there. Should try this one.

Btw, your blog is so nice. Lot of great recipes in here. Can I share some of your recipes in my blog ?

Pille said...

Claudia - you're welcome!

Maya - the combination worked surprisingly well indeed.

Grandma Kat - well, maybe now is the time to give this combo a go :)

Jenny - thanks!

Kalyn - doesn't it? I need to check if cream and pesto are ok for SBD, but it sure was delicious!

Clint - aitäh vastuse eest!

Reina - thank you for your kind words, and I'd appreciate if you didn't simply borrow the recipes and photos - but obviously it'd be fine if you do try the recipes yourself and blog about them.

Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet said...

Sounds great! Bet it would be good with roasted cauliflower too!