My new favorite funky vegetable -- romanesco!
Saturday, December 01, 2012
I've noticed this in the produce section of my grocery store for a while now. I added it to my list this morning because I was feeling curious. I love most vegetables, so I figured the probability was high I would like it. Well, they had 3 or 4 this morning and they looked a little lame so I didn't buy it. But I stopped by the indoor grower's market and found a beautiful head (that's why I had to take a picture of it)!
I cut the bottom leaves/stem away and washed it, then blanched it (put in boiling water, then into ice water). I read online blanching helps to maintain the pretty color (it otherwise turns a olive green color when you cook it). Then I cut it into pieces -- really cute, they actually look like little Christmas trees) and I steamed it in the microwave for 4 mins/15 secs. I drizzled a little EVOO and measured a cup and YUM-O! And it's only 5g carb for a cup! This is a Diabetic's dream!
It's kind of a cross between broccoli and cauliflower, but definitely more like cauliflower. It originated in Italy around the 16th century so that makes me wonder if maybe it's more popular in Europe.
It was a nice alternative ... and I'll definitely buy it again!