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Cauliflower Pilaf

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Ingredients
  Cauliflower head 2 , cored
  Extra virgin olive oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Freshly ground pepper To Taste
  Pine nuts 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Onion 1 Large, finely chopped
  Turmeric 1 Teaspoon
  Basmati rice 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Low sodium chicken broth 2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)
  Dried currants 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Chopped cilantro 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Unsalted butter 3 Tablespoon, melted
  Smoked spanish paprika 1⁄2 Teaspoon (Pimenton De La Vera)
  Salt To Taste
Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 425° Separate 1 head of cauliflower into 2-inch florets and the other into 1-inch florets. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the 1-inch florets with 3 tablespoons of the oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast the cauliflower for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden in spots and tender.
2. Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the 2-inch cauliflower florets and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and pat dry.
3. Spread the pine nuts in a pie plate and toast until golden, about 5 minutes.
4. In a large, deep skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and just beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Add the turmeric and rice and stir to coat. Stir in the chicken broth and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil. Cover tightly and cook over low heat until the broth is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 20 minutes.
5. Transfer the rice to a large bowl. Fold in the roasted cauliflower, toasted pine nuts, currants and cilantro. Spoon the rice into a 2 1/2- to 3-quart soufflé dish and press lightly on the top. Arrange the boiled cauliflower florets on top.
6. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and paprika. Brush half of the butter mixture over the cauliflower and bake for about 15 minutes, until heated through.
7. Preheat the broiler. Brush the cauliflower with the remaining butter and broil about 6 inches from the heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Roasted
Ingredient: 
Cauliflower

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