Cauliflower in Garlic and Paprika Sauce

  • Active Time 10m
  • Total Time 30m

Serves 4

The produce of the lush fruit and vegetable gardens of Murcia is all of the highest quality. Cabbage from Murcia is included in a sixteenth-century painting, Retrato de la Lozana Andaluza, showing the popular foods of the time in Andalusia.
Paprika - ground red pepper - is well known throughout the world and is used in Murcia to put an individual stamp on the dishes made with the delicious local produce. The ingredients are handpicked just before cooking and turned into simple dishes which highlight their freshness.
The juice can be drained off and is excellent for dunking bread. An omelet can be made with the cauliflower, or it can be served with fried eggs or charcoal-grilled chops to make a nutritious but light meal.


  • 1 1/2 pounds cauliflower, in florets
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice or white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 thick slices French bread
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 2/3 cups water for cooking
  • Salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons pine nuts


Rinse the cauliflower and put in a bowl of water with the lemon juice.

Heat the oil in a heatproof casserole and fry the slices of bread. Remove and set aside.

Turn down the heat and add the paprika. Stir, then quickly pour in the water. Turn the heat back up. When the water comes to a boil, add the cauliflower florets and a little salt. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 20-30 minutes.

Crush the parsley, garlic, fried bread and the pine nuts in a mortar.

When everything is mixed thoroughly, add a little of the cooking water from the cauliflower, stir, then pour into the casserole. Check the seasoning. Cook for a further 5 minutes and serve.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.

RecID 1200

nutrition information per serving

215 calories; 15g total fat; 0mg cholesterol; 139mg sodium; 18g carbohydrates; 5g fiber; 5g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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