Copper Onion Cauliflower Recipe


This is one of my favorite dishes at The Copper Onion in downtown Salt Lake (and actually, one of my favorite dishes in general). Caramelized cauliflower which is then covered in a rich, slightly tart mayonnaise-based dressing.

Here’s the recipe, graciously shared by The Copper Onion’s own Ryan Lowder

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
½ cup Best Foods mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. chopped capers
Splash Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. anchovy paste
2 garlic cloves minced
Salt and pepper
Extra virgin olive oil

1. Blanch the cauliflower in boiling salty water until just tender
2. Mix the mayo, capers, garlic, anchovy, salt and pepper in a bowl
3. Place a pan on the burner and get really hot
4. Add the oil, then cauliflower
5. Season with salt and pepper and caramelize as many sides of the cauliflower as you can
6. Toss the cauliflower in the bowl with the rest of the ingredients and mix well

The caramelization is key to this recipe, and really adds another dimension to the dish. When I made it, I got my sauté pan up to about 330 degrees, splashed in some grapeola oil, and tossed in the blanched broccoli. Sauteed until the cauliflower had touches of deep brown caramelization all over, then tossed in the dressing.

The Copper Onion

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