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Tuesday
Aug082017

Mill City Cooks: Charred Cauliflower Steaks with Piri Piri Sauce

Chef Nettie Colon prepared Charred Cauliflower Steaks with Piri Piri Sauce atop a fresh salad for the August 5 Mill City Cooks demo.

August 5, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Sooo...what is Piri Piri? It's a hot sauce of Portuguese origin (and/or African, depending on who you ask) made with peppers and spices. The version Nettie demo'd included Aleppo chili flakes, cumin seed, coriander, smoked sweet paprika, salt, sugar, cloves, lemon juice, garlic cloves and red wine vinegar. Per Nettie, Allepo chili flakes are hard to come by locally, but you can find them at Penzeys Spices (and who doesn't enjoy an occasional trip to Penzeys?).

August 5, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

August 5, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

August 5, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The sauce comes together in a food processor.

August 5, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

August 5, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

August 5, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

August 5, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

August 5, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Nettie explained how to cut cauliflower steaks into wedges rather than even slices to assure as little breakage as possible during the grilling process.

August 5, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

She also suggested investing in some inexpensive wire trays to keep vegetables from falling thru your grill grate. The cauliflower steaks are drizzled with olive oil and salt and peppered before going on the grill, 8-10 minutes per side, depending on how hot the grill is and how thick the slices are.

August 5, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

August 5, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

August 5, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

The grilled cauliflower was served on a bed of mixed greens and shredded cabbage tossed with sliced carrots, along with a sprinkle of forbidden rice.

August 5, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

August 5, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

August 5, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Nettie discussed the benefits of forbidden rice. It is a variety said to have disease-fighting antioxidants, as well as dietary fiber, anti-inflammatory properties, and the ability to help stop the development of diabetes, cancer and heart disease. 

August 5, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

August 5, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

August 5, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Once plated, Nettie gave the dishes an extra drizzle of olive oil, and topped them with an edible Nasturtium.

August 5, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Recipes prepared at Mill City Cooks demos can be found online.

August 5, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

August 5, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

August 5, 2017 Mill City Farmers Market

Thank you to Lakewinds Food Co-op for sponsoring the 2017 Mill City Cooks series, and providing fun activities for the little ones!

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