We needed something to have with our dinner. Last night we had lamb so my dad and I made something he remembered helping his mom make. Since she’s my grandmother and she’s Greek I would call her yia yia (or grandma in greek). So here’s how to make it.
- 2 medium cauliflower (cleaned, cored, and cut into thick slices)
- 8 medium ripe tomatoes (peeled and quartered)
- 2 cups dried white or yellow onions
- 8 whole peeled garlic cloves
- 1 cup plus 1/2 cup of olive oil
- 8 oz. of butter
- 1/2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1-8 oz can of tomato sauce
- Mix 1/2 c. olive oil and paprika, beat the mixture to mix
- Lay the thick sliced cauliflower on grill pans and baste both sides with the paprika mixture
- Place the grill pans under the broiler in oven and brown the cauliflower turning to brown on all sides.
- While cauliflower is browning melt the 8 oz. of butter in the paprika/olive oil mixture Then saute the onions and garlic cloves in the mixture in a large pot.
- Wash, peel, and quarter 8 tomatoes (my dad is burning the tomatoes because it makes the easier to peel.
- When the onion is translucent add the tomatoes.
- Stir tomato mixture over medium heat until the tomatoes start breaking down.
- Add the cinnamon and keep stirring.
- Add the browned cauliflower and keep stirring.
- Add 1-8 oz. can tomato sauce.
- Cover the pot and cook the cauliflower mixture for 40 min. or until tender on medium heat. Cook uncovered until sauce thickens.
- Salt and pepper to taste, serve warm in a bowl with crusty bread.
This side dish should serve eight.
Both my parents enjoyed this one, but my mom said it needed more tomato, less oil. So before I wrote this my dad and I had to revise it.