Miso Chocolate Cauliflower

Miso Chocolate Cauliflower
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The delicate balance between sweet and savory is achieved in a simple surprising vegetable dish, Miso Chocolate Cauliflower. This dish is unexpected. However, the addition of the separate ingredients works. The savory aspect of white miso is mellowed by creamy chocolate. The sweetness of chocolate is tempered by the chicken broth. <Haha! Do you get the chocolate pun?>

Its not unusual to hear parents trying to incent their children to eat vegetables. To be able to generously slather a savory chocolate sauce onto a high fiber and high Vitamin C vegetable sounds like a dream come true. Choking down veggies can’t get any easier. 😉

This week’s Supper Challenge requires the use of “Leftover Halloween Treats.” Its too easy to add two Halloween sized bags of cheese puffs to the cornbread topping of my Tamale Pie recipe (which is delicious too). So, I started to think of how to utilize or transform the sweetness of Halloween candy into something else. Pair sweet with a vegetable and I think I have achieved the right balance that makes vegetables enjoyable, even for the adults. LOL.

There are a few critical factors in this dish. First, sufficiently cook and char the cauliflower. There is a nutty sweetness in charred cauliflower that cannot be enjoyed in a raw state. Secondly, the Miso Chocolate sauce is not to be salty and not to be overly sweet. You want balance! So what are you waiting for? At the very least, your kids want to try this dish!

Miso Chocolate Cauliflower

Miso Chocolate Cauliflower

Every kid’s dream is to have all meals covered in chocolate sauce, but can it truly be tasty? Surprisingly, Miso Chocolate Cauliflower is THAT dish; savory and sweet, it’s a parent’s dream.

Ingredients
  

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons chili powder

Miso Chocolate Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoon white miso paste
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Better than Bouillon Chicken paste
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 full size Nestle Aero Chocolate Bar or 7 8g/ ¼ oz Halloween sized Nestle Aero Chocolate Bars or milk chocolate

Instructions
 

  • Warm up kettle grill, smoker, barbecue grill at 350 to 400F or oven at 400F.
  • Meanwhile, cut head of cauliflower into quarters, removing leaves.
  • On a baking sheet, drizzle cauliflower quarters with vegetable oil and generously season with kosher salt and chili powder.
  • Place cauliflower onto kettle grill, smoker, barbecue grill or place baking sheet of cauliflower into oven for 10 minutes. Turn or rotate cauliflower quarters once char develops in the area most exposed to heat.
  • Continue to turn and rotate cauliflower every 10 minutes until cauliflower is tender on the inside of the quarter and charred on the outside. Total cook time of cauliflower is 30-40 minutes. When removing cauliflower form heat, season again with kosher salt.

Miso Chocolate Sauce

  • Meanwhile, on low to medium heat, in a small pot, whisk butter, white miso paste and Better than Bouillon Chicken paste until smooth.
  • Whisk in heavy cream until miso cream mixture is simmering.
  • Turn off heat. Whisk in Aero chocolate bar until smooth.
  • Enjoy a generous helping of Miso Chocolate Sauce with charred cauliflower.


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