We recently experienced a life-changing revelation. We had always eaten cauliflower steamed and, frankly, hated it. It seemed so low in flavor and the texture wasn’t that awesome and ew. Gross. A few weeks, however, we had the opportunity to try roasted cauliflower. Wow! The vegetable we had dismissed as flavorless turned out to be nutty and sweet and really, just plain delicious. Ever since, we’ve been obsessed with trying different preparations of cauliflower. Below, four of Boston’s best.
•Lucca serves a deceptively simple side dish of truffled cauliflower risotto that is truly mouthwatering. Pair it with the lemony chicken for a fantastic yet low-key meal.
•We’ve talked about our obsession with frisee before. At Beehive, the bitter green combines with crispy cauliflower, basil, and grapes with excellent results.
•You know what makes everything better? Cheese. The cauliflower at Petit Robert Bistro is decadently served in a curried gratin with raisins. The result is a spectacular combination of flavors that’s almost, but somehow not quite, overly rich.
•Neptune Oyster offers what is, perhaps, the most insane and awesome cauliflower dish in town. Are you reading for this? Cauliflower and white anchovies are fried and served with mozzarella, basil, a “Caesar style” dressing, bottarga, and curry salt. Amazing.