Friday, August 12, 2011

Cauliflower with Herbs (Blomkål med Urter)

Cauliflower with Herbs  (Blomkål med Urter)
As I think I've mentioned here before, I'm doing a cooking demo next week at a local restaurant.   And while I'm not that uncomfortable with cooking for masses of people, I do like to make sure that the recipes I'm going to be handing out are accurate.   I'm so used to 'eyeballing' my ingredients that I forget to measure them out.   And as I'm cooking I also 'tweak' the recipe.    So, in the interests of accuracy I decided to make the Cauliflower with Herbs side dish today.    And I think I'm officially in love with Cauliflower now.
Cauliflower with Herbs  (Blomkål med Urter)

OMG, it is good.   And I did tweak the recipe just a smidgeon, otherwise the Tarragon would have totally overpowered the rest of the herbs.  

To start with, cook a head of cauliflower until it's done to your taste, in some boiling, salted water.

While that's cooking, head out to the garden and pick some chives and parsley, take inside, give it a quick rinse under some running water to remove those pesky little insects like the caterpillar I found crawling on the parsley.   I mean, this is a vegetarian, sorta, dish and we didn't want any extra protein in there.   Then take out the chervil (you found after searching several stores), the tarragon and place on the chopping block with the chives and parsley.
Herbs - Tarragon, Chives, Parsley and Chervil

Herbs - Tarragon, Chives, Parsley and Chervil with Mezzaluna
Remove the leaves from the tarragon stems, and any other tough stems from the parsley as well.    You will need roughly twice as much parsley, chives and chervil as the tarragon.   I used two stems of tarragon, which was plenty.
And ended up with about 3 tablespoons of chopped herbs.   (I only used one tablespoon on the recipe and froze the rest. ) 
Give them a chop with either a Mezzaluna or an ulu.  I've had mine for over 30 years and use it a lot. Great to chop herbs with, without bruising them.  Set the chopped herbs aside while you melt a couple tablespoons of butter in a pan, then add the herbs to the butter.

Herbalicious Butter -Chives, Parsley, Tarragon and Chervil
 Let cook for just a minute, while you're draining the cooked cauliflower.   Then dump the herbalicious butter over the cauliflower.   Stand there for just a minute and inhale.  Doesn't that smell good?   It does, believe me.
Cauliflower with Herbs  (Blomkål med Urter)

And it tastes even better.   I just scarfed most of a head of cauliflower down after taking the pictures, but did restrain myself a little and saved some of the cauliflower for dinner.
Cauliflower with Herbs  (Blomkål med Urter)

It is a vegetable and it's good for you as well.
Well, mostly, but everything's better with butter on it anyway.    

Sid Munkholm
Sid Munkholm

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.


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