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Garlic Shrimps on Cauliflower Purée

This might look like a fancy dish but the truth is that it is so easy to make...you must try it!



You will also need very few ingredients: shrimps, cauliflower, garlic, milk and herbs.


SERVES 2


Ingredients

  • 10/12 (about 7 ounces) shrimps, deveined

  • 1 small cauliflower (or ½ of a big one), cut into small florets

  • 1/2 glass of milk of choice (regular/soy/almond/oat)

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 chilly of your choice (optional)

  • chives or spring onions, finely chopped

  • 2 tbsp of olive oil

  • salt and pepper

Method

FOR THE PUREE

  1. Place the cauliflower in a large pot with one glass of water. Let it simmer with a lid on for about 20 minutes, till the cauliflower is soft. Drain the excess water.

  2. In the same pot, blend the cooked cauliflower with a hand blender (or in a food processor) for a few seconds until the mixture is soft and lump-free.

  3. Put the pan back on the stove with minimum heat and add the milk little by little, until you obtain a creamy purée.

FOR THE SHRIMPS

  1. Heat a pan with 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil over medium heat.

  2. Add the minced garlic and chilly.

  3. As soon as the garlic turns gold, add the prawns and cook them on both sides for 3-4 minutes. Be careful not to overcook them otherwise they will become too hard.

  4. Finally, season with salt and pepper.


Now you can plate: place a generous amount of the purée at the bottom and place the shimmers on top. Sprinkle your chives or spring onions on top. You can also add a few spinach or arugula leaves and, if you like it, squeeze a little bit of lemon juice.


Buon appetito!


 

Have you noticed the strong smell that cauliflower produces when it is cooking?


For a while, I wasn’t even buying this vegetable to avoid that smell in my kitchen...till I discovered an amazing trick!

The particular odor is caused by sulfurous compounds that are unlocked while cooking cauliflower and broccoli, especially when boiling or steaming them with water.


But don’t worry, here is the secret to avoid this problem. Add a few drops of milk to the cooking water and the smell will be significantly reduced!


You can also add a bay leaf instead or a tablespoon of white vinegar. Try this trick next time you boil or steam cauliflower, broccoli, or cabbage!



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