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Cauliflower with black garlic, anchovies & white wine

There was a head of cauliflower sitting in the vegetable box in the refrigerator. I didn’t feel like steaming it, or making a gratin, but wanted a dish that was flavorful yet on the lighter side. Jeremy F. had mused about cooking this veg with anchovies and garlic, and I thought, “Hey, that does sound good!” And it turned out that it did. 😀

In this recipe I ended up braising the cauliflower: first lightly frying it in olive oil, then cooking it in wine. I didn’t need to add more salt because the anchovies (packed in salt and oil) were already quite salty.


  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 head of cauliflower, about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds, cut into 3/4 to 1 inch florets
  • 4 cloves of black garlic, minced or smushed
  • 2 to 4 filets of anchovies, minced or smushed
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • (optional) pepper, to taste


  1. In a Dutch oven or large pot, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Stir in the cauliflower until the florets are coated in the oil.
  2. Cover and cook on medium high for about 9 to 11 minutes. Stir the cauliflower every 2 to 3 minutes, so that the vegetable doesn’t burn, but still allows a nice fond to develop.
  3. Add the black garlic and anchovies, and stir for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add the wine and water, bring the liquid to a boil. Cover and cook until tender, about 7 to 9 minutes. There shouldn’t be much liquid left by the end; if the cauliflower cook more quickly than expected, remove the lid to boil off any excess to avoid mushiness.
  5. Add some freshly ground pepper, if you want. Serve as a side, which I did with some broiled fish and rice. Alternatively, serve over pasta — in which case if there’s excess liquid, don’t boil it off, just add it to the pasta, or add pasta water and/or a bit of cream if the water boiled off already.

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