I miss Pizzeria Delfina something fierce. Once upon a time, our carb-addicted family visited the joint once a month, gorging on pizzas and inventive, lusty veggie accompaniments – but it’s been over a year-and-a-half since we last broke bread there. Now that we’re Paleo, I’m not sure if/when we’ll be back.
One of my favorite side dishes at Delfina was their spicy cauliflower appetizer – the florets were fried until golden and crunchy on the outside and tossed with pepper flakes, garlic, capers, and bread crumbs.
I found the original recipe online and made this dish tonight with a few tweaks to make it Paleo-friendly. The dish was just how I remembered – toasty, tender, spicy, and piquant.
Here’s what I gathered to feed four people:
- 1 large cauliflower
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- Kosher salt
- ¼ cup capers, drained
- ¼ cup chopped Italian parsley
- 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced lengthwise
- 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper (or red pepper flakes)
Here’s how I made it:
I grabbed a head of cauliflower…
…and trimmed around the core to release the florets.
I heated the coconut oil in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat and when it was shimmering, I dropped in the cauliflower along with a generous sprinkle of salt.
(Make sure the cauliflower isn’t overcrowded – fry in two batches if you must!)
While the cauliflower browned in the skillet, I sliced the garlic, measured the capers…
…and chopped the parsley.
I kept flipping the florets to make sure they were brown all over (8-10 minutes total).
Once the cauliflower was toasty, I tossed the capers, parsley, and garlic in the pan and stir-fried everything until the garlic was browned. As a final step, I threw in the Aleppo pepper and adjusted the seasoning with additional salt.
See? Cauliflower is so damn versatile!5