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450 Vegetable

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Published by: Julia Ramos on Oct 21, 2010
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Margherita all'Elvira The crispness of the fried cauliflower and garlic with
the rippled noodles makes an unforgettable dish for late fall or winter. Easy
to prepare and satisfying for the heartiest appetite! Serves 4, main course.
Serves 6, first course. 1 lg or 2 sm. heads cauliflower (about
3 lbs.)
1 tbsp. salt
1/2 c. wondra flour
1/2 c. dry bread crumbs
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly milled black pepper
1/2 c. olive oil
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 lb. margherita (narrow rippled
noodles)
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 c. chicken broth, heated (see
note)
1/2 c. freshly grated Romano cheese
2 tsp. minced Italian parsley leaves
(garnish)
Freshly grated Romano cheese (for
serving)

1. Remove florets from cauliflower, including about 1 inch of stem. Break or
cut into 1 inch pieces. Wash thoroughly in lukewarm water, drain in colander
and set aside. 2. Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon salt
and the cauliflower florets. Boil until barely tender when tested with a fork,
about 5 minutes. With a skimmer or slotted spoon, transfer florets to a
colander, rinse under cold water and drain well. Reserve liquid for cooking
pasta. 3. In a shallow bowl, combine flour, bread crumbs, 1 teaspoon salt and
pepper. Dredge florets in flour mixture, being sure each piece is well coated.

Arrange in a single layer on a large platter. 4. In a 12 inch skillet, heat
1/2 cup olive oil over medium heat until haze forms. Add garlic, turn heat to
low and saute' until lightly golden, pressing the garlic flat in pan with the
back of a wooden spoon. With a slotted spoon, remove garlic and drain on paper
towel; set aside. (If you are not a garlic lover, discard.) Place florets in
pan and saute' over medium heat, turning with spatula, until golden and crisp on
all sides; don't be concerned if florets break apart while frying. 5.
Meanwhile, return water in which cauliflower was cooked to a boil. Add pasta
and cook until al dente; the cauliflower and pasta must be done at the same time
so that the florets will still be crispy when tossed with the pasta. Drain
pasta in a large colander, transfer to a bowl containing 1 tablespoon olive oil
and toss quickly. 6. Mix half of the cauliflower and any of the browned
fragments stuck to the bottom of the pan with the pasta. Add sauteed garlic,
heated chicken broth and Romano cheese; toss well again. Spoon remaining
cauliflower on top and garnish with minced parsley. Serve immediately with
additional grated Romano cheese. Note: If you do not have chicken broth,
remove 1/2 cup of the pasta water before draining and substitute for broth.

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