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Cauliflower with Hazelnut Brown Butter

In this recipe, cauliflower's mild but distinct flavor is enhanced with a sauce comprising brown butter and roasted hazelnuts. Be sure to monitor the butter carefully: You'll want it to brown, but not burn.

  • Servings: 14

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2001


  • 1 cup hazelnuts (filberts)
  • 3 small or 2 large heads cauliflower (about 3 1/2 pounds)
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons snipped chives


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place hazelnuts on a baking sheet; toast until fragrant, about 10 minutes. Transfer nuts to a kitchen towel; rub off loosened papery skins. Coarsely chop nuts; set aside.

  2. Trim stems of cauliflower so they sit flat, keeping head intact. Bring several inches of water to a boil in a large steamer or in a pot fitted with a rack; add salt to taste. Steam cauliflower until just tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a platter.

  3. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add hazelnuts, and cook until butter turns brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat, and add lemon juice and chives. Season with salt, and stir to combine. Pour over cauliflower, and serve immediately.

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  • cynthia970
    6 NOV, 2011
    I made this for Thanksgiving in 2001. It was loved by the whole family. I thought I saved the magazine but misplaced it, I am so glad I found this beloved recipe. Very easy to make and really good.