Cauliflower is like Clark Kent, mild-mannered, but underneath that beige exterior is Superman! In the case of cauliflower, this lovely veggie is of the cruciferous family, known for their cancer-fighting, immune-boosting powers. The scented oil makes this dish shine.
Makes 5-6 Servings
Prepare oil: Place ingredients in a saucepan over low heat and cook, uncovered, for 10 to 12 minutes. Turn off heat and let stand, undisturbed, for 1 hour to allow flavors to develop. Strain oil and reserve ¼ cup. Transfer remaining oil to a glass jar. Seal the jar tightly after the oil has cooled. Refrigerate leftover oil for another use. Use within 5 days.
While the oil steeps, bring a pot of water to a boil with a pinch of salt. Add cauliflower and cook until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Drain well and transfer to a mixing bowl. Allow to cool slightly before proceeding.
Toss cauliflower with basil and reserved ¼ cup oil.