Butter and wine grilled whole cauliflower

Butter and wine grilled whole cauliflower is the perfect easy solution to all those meatless days or guests suddenly coming to dinner. Grilled in a delicious mix of garlic butter and white wine, this whole roasted cauliflower is tangy, fragrant and has just the right touch of heat. Stay true to the New year resolutions or your health plan with this easy dish that could easily be the vegetarian show stopper.

butter and wine grilled whole cauliflower

You know the way your mom always told you to have your greens when you were a kid, and you didnt listen, but would instead hide them in the ficus plant in the foyer? Well sadly I am still a 4 yr old with the same old appalling food habits. I do eat my greens and veggies but in return I must have a sweet or ice cream! Its a barter system that makes my husband and my life function smoothly. Its a well oiled system that keeps us floating well and in tandem. My eating habits are the same as my 5 yr old. In fact D and me often have a “who can eat more M&Ms in one sitting” contest. Yes, I am “that” mom. 😛

butter and wine grilled whole cauliflower

But before you start judging me too harshly, here’s the fact. I do eat more fruits than one needs to. Healthy stuff like smoothies, juices and salads are a daily affair at our house. As are healthier ways to eat baked food. These yogurt orange muffins with poppy seeds is without a doubt my favorite. As is this vegan Buddha bowl!! So so good. Anyways coming to this butter and wine grilled whole cauliflower, well that’s just a whole new story.

Butter and wine grilled whole cauliflower that is just perfect low fat, super food you need in your life!

butter and wine grilled whole cauliflower

I have never been too fond of cauliflower. I guess that must figure given that in the last two years there is just one cauliflower recipe on the blog, a simple mixed Autumnal stir fry veg dish. Cauliflowers are a regular affair in all Indian homes,so much so that we take it for granted. The usual culprits in our house is aloo gobhi, gobi chili, gobhi paratha. Cauliflower has now gained a superfood status alongwith its greener cousin, broccoli. Its loaded in all kinds of proteins and nutrients, anti inflammatory properties , helps prevent cancer etc.

butter and wine grilled whole cauliflower

So reason to make this butter and wine grilled whole cauliflower are numerous. Needless to say one of the main reasons is that it is very healthy and right in time for your new year resolutions. I started off thinking that I would make a whole roasted tandoori cauliflower as a vegetarian option. on a certain weeknight. But as I started to make it, I somehow ended up seeing this episode from Masterchef Australia. In one of the famous immunity cook offs between a celebrity chef and Matt Sinclair, the chef made this super incredible butter poached cauliflower. So that day, i decided to give the usual tandori cauliflower a miss and focus on the memory of that poached cauliflower instead. I tweaked it a bit to my taste by adding some thyme and white wine and boy was it good!! 

butter and wine grilled whole cauliflower

butter and wine grilled whole cauliflower

Of course I wont be me if I didn’t try to add a little paprika to it and just a touch of garam masala to make the butter and wine grilled whole cauliflower more aromatic. It takes hardly any time and even less active work to get this ready. In fact, while this is cooking, you can go ahead and finish up your dinner. I like to poach the whole cauliflower in the white wine broth for an hour or so, but it needs 30 mins. Later, just pour over the melted butter all over the cauliflower and put it in the oven to grill for 15 mins basting couple of times in between. That’s all you need to do and done!!

butter and wine grilled whole cauliflower

This fancy looking, absolutely entertaining worthy, vegetarian appetizer of butter and wine grilled whole cauliflower is ready! Look out 2017, I have decided to go healthy, all the while keeping my taste buds alive and I couldn’t think of an easier or tastier way to begin than this butter and wine grilled whole cauliflower. 

Xo,

S. 

butter and wine grilled whole cauliflower

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Butter and wine grilled whole cauliflower
Grilled in a delicious mix of garlic butter and white wine, this whole roasted cauliflower is tangy, fragrant and has just the right touch of heat. Ready in 45 mins with hardly any active work, this makes for a great vegetarian meal.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Passive Time 5 mins
Servings
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Passive Time 5 mins
Servings
Instructions
  1. Start by cleaning the cauliflower and trimming the stems and leaves. In a stock pot, mix the vegetable stock, white wine, bay leaf, half the thyme and a little salt.
  2. Place the whole cauliflower in the stock and bring it to a boil. Reduce flame and let it simmer for 10 mins. Turn off the flame and let it sit for 20-30 mins. (I go even high as an hour)
  3. Next, place the cauliflower into an oven proof dish, spoon some of the poaching liquid over it. Now pour the melted over the cauliflower and make sure it reaches everywhere. At this point I like to sprinkle the paprika, garam masala and black pepper over the cauliflower and give it a light rub.
  4. Sprinkle the remaining thyme over it, juice of half a lemon and put it into a preheated oven at 180C for 15 mins. While its grilling, don't forget to baste the cauliflower at least twice with the poaching liquid. Remove, let it rest for 2 mins and cut. PS: you will know its done when a fork cuts easily into the cauliflower and the tp is a little charred. I serve it with a mint and basil gremolata.
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