How To Make Charred Cauliflower With Toasted Bread Crumbs, Cornic

Get your cast-iron pan ready

Jimmy Bannos Jr. of The Purple Pig in Chicago sears cauliflower with just a touch of olive oil to achieve a deep char and bring out the vegetable's nutty flavors. To finish the simple side dish, he tosses the cauliflower with lemon juice, parsley, briny cornichons and a handful of toasted bread crumbs.

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Recipe adapted from Jimmy Bannos Jr., The Purple Pig, Chicago, IL

Charred Cauliflower With Toasted Bread Crumbs, Cornichons And Parsley
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Learn to make Jimmy Bannos Jr.'s charred cauliflower with cornichons. 
Prep Time
Cook Time
to 6 servings
Total time: 35 minutes
  • 2 cups torn rustic white bread
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1 head white cauliflower or romanesco, cored and cut into ½-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup sliced cornichons
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Pulse the bread in a food processor until it's coarsely ground. On a sheet pan, toss the bread crumbs with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Toast them in the oven, tossing occasionally, until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and let cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss the cauliflower with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, then season it with salt and pepper. Note: Don't worry if some pieces are bigger than others.
  3. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, sear the cauliflower until the florets are caramelized on both sides but not mushy, 6 to 8 minutes.
  4. In a clean bowl, toss the charred cauliflower with the lemon juice, remaining tablespoon of olive oil, cornichons and parsley. Transfer to a platter, top with ¼ cup of the toasted bread crumbs and serve.
Calories per Serving 181
Total Fat 14.2 g
Saturated Fat 2.1 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 11.8 g
Dietary Fiber 2.7 g
Total Sugars 2.7 g
Sodium 313.5 mg
Protein 3.3 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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