Friday, March 11, 2011

Cauliflower w/ Bacon & Pine Nuts

Who says you can't have a little bacon with your vegtables!  Have I mentioned before how much of love the Simply recipes blog.  Her pictures are truly beautiful and I love her passion for cooking!  Corey is not a huge fan of cauliflower but I felt like making different veggie and I knew this would turn out good.  It is super easy and doesn't require much time.

Cauliflower w/ Bacon & Pine Nuts
1 cauliflower head, cut into florets
1/4 cup pine nuts
3 or 4 slices bacon
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
Parmesan cheese
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.  Top with parmesan cheese.
Serves 4-6 as a side dish

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