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Cauliflower with olives and dates

Coliflor con aceitunas y datiles

Photography by Pablo de Loy

This is a quick and simple tapa that mixes sweet and savory. But the key ingredient here is the pimentón, Spain’s sweet smoked paprika. This amazing seasoning should always be in your pantry.

Yields: 4 servings

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
8 ounces (1/2 pound) cauliflower, broken into pieces
3 sprigs fresh thyme
8 dates, cut into quarters
8 cured black olives
8 green olives
¼ cup sweet dessert white wine, such as Pedro Ximenez
2 teaspoons pimentón

 

Heat the olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add the cauliflower and thyme and cook until the cauliflower is brown and caramelized, about 8 minutes. Add the dates and olives and cook for about 1 more minute, until they are heated through. Pour in the wine and deglaze the pan, allowing the alcohol to burn off. Transfer mixture to a serving bowl and sprinkle with pimentón.