CAVOLFIORE SOFFOCATO

CAVOLFIORE SOFFOCATO (Sardinian roasted cauliflower with olives and saffron, for four)

 Vegetables, cauliflower, roasted, cavolfiore soffocato (with olives and saffron) 1  Vegetables, cauliflower, roasted, cavolfiore soffocato (with olives and saffron) 2

one 2 pound head of cauliflower, trimmed and cut into 6 wedges

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

pinch of saffron threads crumbled in a mortar with ½ teaspoon salt

10 imported green olives, pitted


  1. Preheat the oven to 450*.
  1. Toss the cauliflower pieces with the olive oil in a large bowl. Toss again with the saffron.
  1. Place the cut-up cauliflower in a large baking pan or rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle the olives around in the spaces in between.  Roast in preheated oven, stirring and turning pieces over occasionally, until lightly browned and tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

NOTE:  Traditionally served as an accompaniment to lamb, this can also serve as an antipasto.

adapted from Saveur Magazine

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