Roasted, fried, pureed … any way you cook it, it’s hard to deny that cauliflower is the “it” vegetable of 2014. Here are a few different ways you can enjoy this humble piece of produce around Calgary.
The Block Cauliflower Croquettes
Minced cauliflower is seasoned, coated and fried for an appetizer that’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Served with a mild curry aioli on the side for dipping.
(2411 4 St. N.W., 403-282-1339, eatdrinkblock.com, @blockyyc)
Bistro Rouge Cauliflower Fritters
Chunks of cauliflower are lightly battered and served with some perfectly buttery hollandaise sauce and crispy capers to help cut the richness.
(1919 Sirocco Dr. S.W., 403-514-0561, bistrorougeyyc.com, @bistrorougeyyc)
Briggs Kitchen and Bar Roasted Cauliflower
Chef Xavier Lacaze adds a bit of brightness to his popular roasted vegetable and raisin side dish by topping it off with green apple matchsticks.
(317 10 Ave. S.W., 587-350-5015, briggskandb.com, @briggskandb)
Double Zero Pizza Roasted Cauliflower
One of the signature dishes at this pizza joint is a combination of cauliflower, fried chickpeas, shaved perocino cheese and sultana raisins.
(751 4 St. S.W., 403-265-9559, doublezeropizza.ca, @doublezeropizza)
Moti Mahal Vegetable Poryal
Probably best for a cooler or rainy summer day, this is a healthy mix of cauliflower, potatoes and carrots in a fragrant coconut curry.
(1805 14 St. S.W., 403-228-9990, motimahal.ca, @motimahal)
Oak Tree Tavern Roasted Cauliflower Hummus
Pub fare typically doesn’t lend itself to healthy options, but this creative spin on hummus made with pureed roasted cauliflower and topped with pickled curried cauliflower is as good for you as it is tasty. It’s really, really delicious.
(124 10 St. N.W., 403-270-3347, oaktreetavern.com, @oaktreeyyc)
Ox and Angela Roasted Cauliflower
Make room for this small plate on your table at this popular tapas spot on 17th Avenue. Roasted cauliflower is tossed with raisins, topped with aioli and garlic bread crumbs for a little crunch.
(528 17 Ave. S.W., 403-457-1432, oxandangela.com, @oxandangela)