Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Roasted Summer Vegetables Panagrattato

I had bought a bunch of cauliflower and beans, simply because they were so pretty...the cauliflower was the purple and orange variety, and the beans were purple, green and yellow.  I also had some romanesco.  I was trying to think of a way to eat it other than just simply raw, and roasting is what I felt like doing.  I love how it intensifies the flavors of they are crispy right out of the oven! But I didn't just want plain roasted vegetables, I decided to dress them with a bit of olive oil and lemon, and top them off with a nice crunchy bread crumb topping laced with pine nuts and garlic.  There is nothing like topping something off with breadcrumbs and the satisfying crunch you get! This all ended up being a wonderful and delicious way to prepare the veggies, and you could also use other veggies if you wanted! 

Roasted Summer Vegetables Panagrattato
Serves 3

olive oil
3 cups cauliflower, or romanesco
3 cups green and wax beans
juice of one lemon
sea salt to taste

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp red chili flakes
1 cup panko bread crumbs
3 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
2 Tbsp pine nuts
1/2 tsp sea salt
zest of one lemon
2 Tbsp fresh basil, cut chiffonade

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.  Line 2 baking sheets with foil and spray with non-stick spray.  Toss cauliflower with just enough oil to coat, and spread out on one sheet, then do the same with the beans on the other.  Place in the oven and roast for about 20-25 minutes, or until golden and toasty (rotating pans a few times to ensure they both get browned. Meanwhile, to make crumbs, to a medium non-stick skillet, on medium heat, add 1 Tbsp olive oil. Then and add chili flakes, bread crumbs, and garlic and pine nuts. Saute until bread crumbs are toasted and golden remove from heat and add 1/2 tsp sea salt, and lemon zest and stir to combine. Place breadcrumbs in a bowl and set aside while veggies finish roasting. To serve, transfer veggies to a serving dish, and sprinkle bread crumbs over. Top with basil.


Claudia said...

Roasting does intensify the flavor of those beauties. I will absolutely buy vegetables for their beauty and then figure out later what to do. I love the basil and the simple crunch. Delicious!

Unknown said...

I just fell in love with that purple cauliflower! I've never seen one here, and wonder what it tastes like? This roasted salad looks wonderfully delicious!

Amy said...

The purple cauliflower tastes like the white, but it is a lot prettier!