Sautéed Cauliflower with Pecans

Sautéed Cauliflower with Pecans
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Sautéed Cauliflower with Pecans

Jothan Yeager

Sautéed Cauliflower with Pecans

Sautéed cauliflower is awesome, and is especially nice with nuts. My favorite are walnuts, but I was out of those and found that the richer flavor of pecans worked very nicely with this dish. I had cooked some bacon earlier in the day, so I used the bacon fat to sauté with. I recommend this for the additional flavor component, but you could use olive oil instead if you wanted a healthier version. I also added some nutmeg, and found that it magically elevated every component in the dish to a new height of taste bud happiness.

Ingredients

  • 2  Tablespoons  rendered bacon fat or olive oil
  • 1/2  large head cauliflower, cut or torn into bite-sized florets and stem pieces
  • 1/2  large onion, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2  Cup  pecan halves
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat until hot. Add the bacon fat and swirl to coat the pan. Add the cauliflower and sauté until it begins to brown, stirring and turning as needed to brown evenly.

After about 5 minutes, reduce the heat to medium, add the onion and pecans, and cover with a lid. Stir every few minutes until the onions are translucent and the cauliflower is softened, about 10 minutes. (The cauliflower should be soft but still have a slight crunch to it.) Season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper, to taste.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
17g
24%
Sugar
8g
9%
Saturated Fat
5g
21%
Cholesterol
10mg
3%
Carbohydrate, by difference
22g
17%
Protein
2g
4%
Vitamin A, RAE
1µg
0%
Choline, total
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
29µg
7%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
5mg
2%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
24mg
3%
Selenium, Se
1µg
2%
Sodium, Na
136mg
9%
Water
1g
0%

Cauliflower Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age and damage.

Cauliflower Cooking Tip

Vegetables should typically be cooked as quickly as possible, as they can become bland and mushy, and lose vitamins and minerals.