Cauliflower Piemontese-style, precisely called ‘Cavour style’, is a typical side dish of historical Piedmontese cuisine in which cauliflower florets are dressed with butter, boiled eggs and anchovies. This antique recipe still retains these characteristics nowadays.
Count Cavour was a Piedmontese politician and patriot who also contributed a lot to traditional Piedmontese cuisine. That’s why the side dish is named after him.
Serves 3-4, Preparation 30 mins, Cooking approx. 30 mins
- A medium-sized head of cauliflower
- 4 hard-boiled eggs
- 5 anchovy fillets in olive oil
- a sprig of chopped parsley
- 120 g unsalted butter
- 60 g grated Grana Padano cheese or possibly Parmigiano
- juice of half a lemon
- salt and pepper, to taste
Trim the cauliflower by removing the stalk and leaves. Do not throw away the leaves as you can cook them separately.
Split the cauliflower into florets, boil them in a pot of slightly salted water for about ten minutes so that they tender but do not boil. Remove the florets from the cooking water without discarding it, you can use it to make boiled eggs.
Melt half of the butter in a large frying pan and toss the florets in, then place them in a buttered oven dish, a generous dusting of Grana Padano or Parmigiano cheese, and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes to 200 °C / 400F / Gas Mark 6. Then take out of the oven and set aside.
Boil the eggs for about 8 minutes in the cooking water in which you previously cooked the florets. Shell and chop them together with the anchovy fillets and parsley and combine in a bowl.
Melt the other half of the butter and pour it over the chopped egg/ anchovy/parsley mixture, a pinch of salt and pepper and the juice of half a lemon, stir and pour this mixture over the cauliflower florets. Serve.