Roasted Cauliflower with Dates & Pine Nuts

Roasted Cauliflower gussied up with brown butter - the dates and pine nuts add a bit of sweet saltiness

When I made Oven Roasted Cauliflower the other day, I promised I’d show you a simple but fun way to “dress it up.” Well, here it is, a nutty brown butter sauce punctuated with sweet dates and crunchy pine nuts.

Oven Roasted Cauliflower
Oven Roasted Cauliflower

Admittedly, when I first saw this flavor combo, I was doubtful. Mostly because I’m not used to using dates in a savory fashion. Date Nut Bread – yes. Sticky Toffee Pudding – oh yes. But Cauliflower –  ummm, I would just have to see.

It wasn’t that long ago that I posted Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates (oh why didn’t I try that before – all those wasted years!) so maybe I was “primed” to go one step further. I’m glad I did. Those dates, pine nuts and brown butter were all perfect with the cauliflower. I made this dish to go with North African Meatballs and I can see it being a perfect side for so many African, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean or Spanish meals.

Roasted Cauliflower with Dates & Pine Nuts
Roasted Cauliflower with Dates & Pine Nuts

Oven Roasted Cauliflower with Dates & Pine Nuts

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Preferably using a light colored, large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add pine nuts and continue to cook, stirring, until pine nuts have picked up some color and butter is just starting to brown and smell nutty, two to three minutes.

Remove from heat and toss in the garlic and dates. Stir, then add the roasted cauliflower and toss until coated.

Serve from the pan or turn out into a serving dish.

Note: The time above includes the time to prep and roast the cauliflower.

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I’ll be sharing this recipe with Fiesta Friday! Come join us there! 🙂

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