Roasted Cauliflower with Black Olives and Bread Crumbs

(Cavolfiore) At Barbuto, this simple vegetable dish is roasted in the restaurant's wood-burning oven, which gives it a slightly smoky flavor.

Roasted Cauliflower with Black Olives and Bread Crumbs
At Barbuto, this simple vegetable dish is roasted in the restaurant's wood-burning oven, which gives it a slightly smoky flavor.
Yield: serves 6

Ingredients

  • 23 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 23 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 head cauliflower, trimmed and separated into large florets
  • 14 cup Italian oil-cured black olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Toast bread crumbs on a sheet pan in oven until golden brown, 6–8 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to let cool. Increase oven temperature to 450°.
  2. Heat oil in a large ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add cauliflower, stir to coat with oil, then cover with a heavy lid slightly smaller than the diameter of the skillet to weight down florets and press firmly. Cook cauliflower until dark brown, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally and checking every 2 minutes or so for color. If florets get too dark too quickly, reduce heat to medium.
  3. Transfer skillet with lid to oven and cook until cauliflower is tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife, about 5 minutes.
  4. Put cauliflower and any accumulated juices into a large bowl. Add olives and bread crumbs and season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss well and adjust seasonings.