Saffron-‘Smothered’ Cauliflower

  • Serves

    serves 6


(Cavolfiore Soffocato)

Clifford Wright serves this Sardinian dish as an accompaniment to lamb and eats the leftovers as antipasto.


  • 1-2 lb. head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into 6 wedges
  • 14 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of saffron threads crumbled in a mortar with 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 10 imported green olives, pitted


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350º. Toss the cauliflower pieces with the olive oil in a large bowl. Toss again with the saffron.

Step 2

Place the cut-up cauliflower in a large baking pan in a single layer. Sprinkle the olives around in the spaces between. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil so the stem can't escape, and bake until the cauliflower is tender, about 1 hour. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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