Cauliflower with Toasted Bread Crumbs
(makes 6 servings)
When touring the villages of Tuscany, we were offered cauliflower made in this manner at several different restaurants and inns. Since our market is now offering beautiful heads of fresh cauliflower at very reasonable prices, we're including this delicious dish for our Tuscan supper. If your market offers the little mini heads of cauliflower (about 4 inches, 10 cm, in diameter), use them. Otherwise a large head will also work; just trim off the coarse outer leaves, leaving the more tender inner leaves in place.
|3||small or 1 large head cauliflower|
|olive oil cooking spray|
|2||tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil|
|1/2||cup (30 g) fine fresh bread crumbs*|
- Cut the stem of each cauliflower off at the base, so that the head will stand upright. Trim off outer tough leaves. Cut an X in the bottom of each stem. Place on a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and add 1 inch of water.
- Bring water to a boil and place the cauliflowers on the rack. Cover the pot and steam until tender, about 15 to 20 minutes (depending on size of cauliflower), until tender but still crisp.
- Remove the cauliflowers from the pot and drain in a colander.
- Meanwhile, lightly coat a heavy nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Add olive oil and place over medium heat. Add the bread crumbs and cook, stirring constantly, until the crumbs are nut brown. Be careful to not burn.
- Arrange the cauliflowers on a serving platter. Top with browned bread crumbs. Serve hot or at room temperature.
|Per serving:||102 calories (39% calories from fat), 4 g protein, 5 g total fat (0.6 g saturated fat), 12 g carbohydrates, 4 g dietary fiber, 0 cholesterol, 86 mg sodium|
|Diabetic exchanges:||1 carbohydrate (2 vegetable), 1 fat|
*fresh bread crumbs can be made in seconds in a food processor or blender--1 slice of soft bread will yield about 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs.