Sautéed Cauliflower Wedges with Bagna Cauda

Chef Chad Colby cleverly turns the classic Piedmontese hors d'oeuvre into a savory side dish by dressing pan-seared cauliflower with warm bagna cauda (Italian for "hot bath").

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  • Servings: 6


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 10 anchovy fillets in oil, drained and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 head of cauliflower (2 1/2 pounds), halved lengthwise and sliced through the core into 6 wedges
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

How to make this recipe

  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Add the garlic, anchovies, 1/4 cup of the olive oil and 1 teaspoon of the lemon zest and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is softened and the anchovies are melted, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove the bagna cauda from the heat and keep warm.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, blanch the cauliflower wedges until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Drain the cauliflower and transfer it to a paper towel–lined plate; pat thoroughly to dry.

  3. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil until shimmering. Add the cauliflower and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until cooked through and golden brown on both sides, 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the cauliflower to plates and spoon some of the bagna cauda on top. Top with the parsley and the remaining 1 teaspoon of lemon zest and serve with the remaining bagna cauda.

Contributed By Photo © Con Poulos Published March 2014

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