Sweet-and-Sour Cauliflower With Golden Raisins

Sweet-and-Sour Cauliflower With Golden Raisins

It’s important to season this cauliflower dish attentively: You want a balance of sweet, tangy and salty flavors. Onion, lemon and pine nuts pull it all together. The cauliflower may be served hot or at room temperature.
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    In a large, heavy pot, warm olive oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add onions and cook, stirring, until softened and just turning golden, 5 to 8 minutes. Adjust the heat to prevent browning. Add saffron and stir to coat.
  2. Step 2

    Add cauliflower, season generously with salt and pepper and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, uncovered, stirring frequently.
  3. Step 3

    Add brown sugar, currants, raisins, lemon zest and juice, cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar. Turn up heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until cauliflower is just tender, about 5 to 8 minutes more.
  4. Step 4

    Remove pot from heat, taste and adjust the seasonings with salt and sherry vinegar. Set aside for at least 10 minutes (or up to 2 days, refrigerated) before serving.
  5. Step 5

    When ready to serve, transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with chives and pine nuts. Serve hot or at room temperature.