Pan Roasted Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Raisins

For the Fourth of July of weekend, I decided to try some new recipes. I went back to my now favorite Food And Wine Annual Cookbook 2010 and found the Pan-Roaseted Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Raisins. I gave it a shot, even though I do not really love cauliflower. This recipe has changed my mind. The dish is slightly sweet, yet spicy because of the crushed red pepper. Roasting the dish gives it an extra layer of flavor that you would not have if you sauteed everything. The only adjustments I made were dried parsley leaves instead of fresh and I did not include pine nuts. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I could not find them at the farmer’s market and no one I stopped could tell me where they were. I give the recipe 4 out of 5 stars. Here are some pictures, the recipe itself, and a link to the recipe.


    1. 2 tablespoons raisins (not golden)
    2. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    3. 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets (4 cups)
    4. 1 teaspoon sugar
    5. 2 cups tomatoes—drained, peeled, seeded and chopped
    6. Pinch of crushed red pepper, preferably Marash (see Note)
    7. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    8. 2 tablespoons pine nuts
    9. 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
    10. 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
    11. 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a small bowl, cover the raisins with water; let stand until softened, about 10 minutes. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a 10- to 12-inch cazuela or ovenproof skillet, heat the oil. Add the cauliflower and sugar and cook over moderately low heat, stirring, until the cauliflower starts to soften, about 10 minutes. Raise the heat to moderate and cook until the cauliflower is lightly browned, about 5 minutes longer. Stir in the tomatoes and crushed red pepper, season with salt and black pepper and cook until the tomatoes have begun to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the raisins to the cauliflower, along with 1/4 cup hot water, the pine nuts and chopped garlic. Transfer the cazuela to the oven and bake the cauliflower for about 30 minutes, until it is very tender. Stir in the parsley and lemon juice and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Serve the cauliflower warm.

Make Ahead

The cooked cauliflower can stand at room temperature for up to 4 hours. Rewarm the cauliflower in a 350° oven before serving.


Mild, earthy Marash red pepper flakes from Turkey are sold at Middle Eastern markets and online at and


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