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Cauliflower Baked with Tomato Sauce and Feta

submitted by sarahjane on Dec-1-05
average rating: 3.3 (from 3 votes)
(this recipe is suitable for vegetarians)
servings: 2-4

This is insanely delicious.  The feta gets all kind of caramelized and chewy and a generous dose of lemon gives the cauliflower a fabulous tang.  From the underappreciated cuisine of Greece (The Food and Wine of Greece by Diane Kochilas).

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, halved and sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 large can chopped tomatoes
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 bay leaves
2 tsp oregano
salt and pepper
1 cauliflower, cut into florets
Fresh juice of 1 lemon
1 cup crumbled feta cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
In large heavy skillet, cook onion over medium low heat until very soft - about 15 minutes.
Add garlic; cook for 1 minute.
Add tomatoes, bay leaves, cinnamon, oregano, salt and pepper; increase heat to medium; cook for 5 minutes.
Add cauliflower; reduce heat to a simmer; cover and cook fro 15 minutes.  Remove from heat.
In medium to large baking pan, preferably clay or glass, pour in tomato/cauliflower mixture.  Pour lemon juice over mixture and stir.  Sprinkle with crumbled feta.
Place pan in oven and turn down to 350 degrees fahrenheit.  Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until cauliflower is soft and feta melted.

Serve over plain rice.

willandleah, Feb-7-06 19:55:10:
Delish! I neglected to make the rice part of the meal (the Superbowl was on, I was distracted) but it was still substantial enough for dinner, and so tasty as well. I made a Deborah Madison variation on this a while ago, which had honey, but I think this version is better -- the lemon really appeals to the sour fiend in me.
perrin, Mar-8-07 21:47:40:
This was very good. I put in a chopped jalapeno with the garlic, and instead of transferring it to a separate baking dish I just put the skillet in the oven. Seemed to work fine.
steveandsarah, Apr-30-07 15:51:01:
This is tasty. The only problem was that both times we've made it I got hungry again about an hour after eating it. Not sure why. Maybe it needs some lentils on the side, or something??
perrin, Jan-15-13 20:47:51:
I just made Deborah Madison's version of this, which is virtually the same except she has you steam the cauliflower and broil the whole thing in a casserole dish at the end to brown the cheese a little. It does come together fast. I actually microwaved the cauli instead of messing with a steaming basket, and that worked great.

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