1 - 2 heads cauliflower, cut vertically into 1/2-inch-thick steaks
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 - 2 tablespoons pine nuts1/4 cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Place the cauliflower steaks on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides. Transfer to the oven and bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes, flipping after the first 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, add the pine nuts to a dry medium saute pan and toast over medium heat until brown, about 3 minutes. Add the raisins and the butter, and season with salt. Cook until the butter has melted and coats the pine nuts and raisins. Off the heat, stir in the parsley.
Transfer the roasted cauliflower to a serving platter. Pour the pine nut-raisin mixture over the top.
Recipe comes courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli and Food Network.
Ricotta and Greens Dip
1 c. ricotta
1 c. sauteed or steamed greens (spinach, kale, mustard greens, chard, etc.)
Crackers or crostini
Mix ricotta with greens in a shallow dish, season to taste, and bake at 425 degrees until the top is light golden brown, about 12 minutes. Serve the savory spread with crostini or crackers. A perfect starter for a weekend gathering!
Roasted Eggplant and Mushrooms with Dill Sauce
1 lb mushrooms (depending on size; portobella, crimini, or oyster are best)
1 lb eggplant, skin removed, cubed
1/4 c. butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 c. heavy whipping cream
1/2 c. broth (vegetable or meat)
1/4 c. white wine
1/4 c. freshly chopped dill
1/4 - 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 425F.
In a large cast iron skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes. Toss in the eggplant and season with salt and pepper. Cook for a few more minutes. Toss in the garlic and cayenne pepper and cook for about 1 minute.
Move the pan into the oven and cook for 15 minutes. Remove and toss. Cook for another 5 minutes if necessary.
Return pan to stove. Stir in wine and cook until all liquid has almost dissipated. Stir in broth, cream, and dill. Season if necessary. Simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and serve over your favorite pasta or rice. Garnish with green onions.