Cauliflower with carrots and potatoes Greek recipe
Cauliflower recipe

Cauliflower with carrots and potatoes Greek recipe

This simple and easy Cauliflower recipe has only a few ingredients but their combination is bursting with vitamins! An old Cretan recipe that I learned from my grandma which I used to enjoy as a child and later on as an adult!

Cauliflower health benefits

This simple Cauliflower recipe has only a few ingredients but their combination is bursting with vitamins! Combining cauliflower with carrots and lemon in this recipe provides us a robust dose of vitamin C that acts as a powerful antioxidant helping to build a strong immune system. Preventing skin aging, protecting us against heart disease, helping to heal wounds, and prevent cancer are only a few of its benefits. Cauliflower It’s not just a tasty food but also very beneficial for our health! 

And let’s not forget how beneficial cauliflower is for our diet! This superfood has no fat, it is rich in fiber, and it only has very few calories.

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Cauliflower recipe origin and cooking tips

The following recipe is a very old Cretan recipe that I learned from my grandmother and one of the first ones I learned to cook as I grew up.

Cauliflower has great volume and if you are cooking for 4 people it is very hard to fit it all in one pot unless you have a huge one (6-7 litters). I usually cook it in two pots. One for the potatoes and the carrots, and the other pot for the cauliflower combining them all in the end.

Cooking in one pot

If you would like to cook this recipe in one pot then start with the potatoes and carrots and after they are simmering for 10 minutes add the cauliflower and continue with the rest of the recipe instructions.

Fresh tomatoes and cauliflower

Fresh ripe tomatoes are very important to develop a great flavor for this recipe. In Greece, where I live, it is fairly easy to find great ripe tomatoes all year long but if you have trouble finding ripe tomatoes in the winter then you can add 1 Tbsp of tomato paste to enhance the flavor. It is also very important to add the freshly grated tomatoes on top of the cauliflower when you start cooking it and not just pour it inside the pot. The fresh tomato juice will stick on top of the cauliflower and they will cook together enhancing its flavor.

Pairing it with meat

The cauliflower in this recipe I like to pair it with pork or pork sausage. My grandma, very rarely, used to cook it with pork; most of the time we had it without any meat. If you would like to add meat to this dish you will have to cook your meat separately and combine it all together in the end.

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Cauliflower recipe

Cauliflower with carrots and potatoes Greek recipe

Prep: 10m | Cook: 30m | Total: 40m | Servs: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium-size cauliflower
  • 1 big onion finely chopped
  • 4 big ripe fresh tomatoes grated
  • 2 potatoes cut in rounds
  • 2 carrots cut in rounds
  • 2 cloves of garlic roughly chopped
  • 2 lemons their juice
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Cut the cauliflower into small 3 cm pieces, place them in a big bowl and wash them well.
  2. Grate the tomatoes and separate their juice into two bowls of equal parts.
  3. Juice the lemons and save 2 Tbsp of lemon juice for the potatoes and keep the rest of the juice for the cauliflower.
  4. Saute the onion with the garlic over high heat and add the potatoes, the carrots, 2 Tbsp lemon juice, one part of the grated tomatoes, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  5. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low, simmering for about 20 min.
  6. As soon as the potatoes are ready, take them out of the pot, place them on a plate.
  7. Add in the pot the cauliflower with the lemon juice and the remaining grated tomatoes pouring them on top of the cauliflower.
  8. Add salt and pepper and perhaps a little water, if needed, until the cauliflower has plenty of liquid to simmer in the tomato juice.
  9. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low, simmering for about 10 minutes or until the cauliflower is cooked to your liking.
  10. Combine the cauliflower with the potatoes and carrots and your food is ready!

Notes:

  • The parsley shown in the pictures above is just for decoration and not part of the recipe.
  • If you can’t find ripe tomatoes, you can add 1 Tbsp of tomato paste to enhance the flavor.
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