Let’s face it: despite its best intentions, cauliflower rice can be a downright mushy disappointment. But this weeknight-friendly recipe promises to turn even the saddest cauliflower head into a taste sensation with the addition of almonds, raisins, scallions and cinnamon. Plus, it’s paleo, which means you could serve it to one of your crazy dieter friends at your next dinner party.
Cauliflower Rice Pilaf:
1 head of cauliflower, leaves removed and coarsely chopped
3 Tbsp. ghee or unsalted butter
½ cup peeled, sliced almonds
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
3 Tbsp. golden raisins, chopped
Working in batches if needed, pulse cauliflower in a food processor until rice-size pieces form, being careful not to overmix. Transfer to a medium bowl.
Trim scallions, then finely chop white parts. Thinly slice green pieces at an angle; setting these aside for serving.
Melt 2 Tbsp. Ghee in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Toast almonds, tossing occasionally until they start to turn golden – about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add cinnamon and red pepper flakes; season with salt and stir to coat. Transfer to a large bowl.
Melt remaining 1 Tbsp. Ghee in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Cook white scallion parts, continually stirring until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add raisins and reduce heat to medium-low. Add cauliflower and cook, tossing occasionally until some steam is released and cauliflower is just tender (about 3 minutes).
Transfer cauliflower mixture to bowl with almond mixture; season with salt and toss to combine. Add reserved green scallion parts and stir once more before serving.
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