Really, is there anything that bacon can’t make delicious? Not that I don’t love cauliflower on its own, but toss it with bacon and pine nuts and a few spices and it’s the best thing that ever happened to it. Originally taken from this site, it’s one of my quick-and-easy staples when I’m short on time and supplies. Today was mostly a I-don’t-feel-like-cooking-anything-complicated kind of day, but whatever. It’s awesome. Make it.
Caulflower with Bacon and Pine Nuts
1 head cauliflower, chopped into small florets
1/4 lb bacon (I use Whole Foods’ all-natural butcher-cut bacon, about 5 slices)
1/4 c. pine nuts
2-3 Tbsp garlic garlic (Yes, that’s the real name. A few chopped cloves of fresh garlic works too, but this is all I had)
1-2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp red pepper
Steam cauliflower in the microwave for 6-8 minutes (just throw it in a bowl, cover wtih saran wrap, and nuke away). While the cauli is steaming, toast the pine nuts in a big DRY saute pan – this takes a few minutes, but keep an eye on them because they’ll burn very quickly after getting to the “toasted” stage. Once the nuts are brown and smelling yummy, set them aside.
Chop up your bacon into 1/2-inch strips. This is easiest to do by just leaving them all stacked up and slicing away – once you throw them in the pan, they’ll eventually separate. Do that now, by the way. Cook the bacon until it’s brown and crispy, then add the garlic and let it cook with the bacon for a minute or so. By now the cauli is definitely done, so add it to the pan and add the rest of the spices. Re-introduce the pine nuts to their tasty brethren and toss it all together. Saute for a few more minutes until everything looks good and co-mingled.
And that’s it! Super simple and soooo good! Before eating, squeeze a lemon wedge over each serving for an extra kick and chow down!