This dish is inspired by my beautiful mother. She has made this for us since we were little, and it is one of my favorite dishes. This recipe can be enjoyed as a vegetarian dish, or it can be enjoyed as a delicious side dish, or main meal, by adding your favorite smoked sausage. I have added a few extra ingredients, such as fresh basil, parsley, and ground bay leaves, which I find heighten the already wonderful taste. This recipe will give you 5-6 large portions, or 10-12 smaller side portions. Here we go…..
Step 1- Saute’ vegetables in oil
1/2 large cabbage, diced (about 4 cups diced)
1 large onion, diced
2 stalks celery, sliced
6 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil (or vegetable oil, if you are fasting)
1 cup sliced carrots
leaves off of the bottom of the 1 cauliflower, chopped into small bite size pieces
dutch oven with lid, or large pot with lid
Place all ingredients in your pot and saute’ for about 5 minutes.
Step 2- make your sauce
6 cups water
(1) 12 ounce can tomato paste
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of black pepper, depending on how spicy you want it
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3 fresh basil leaves, sliced and cut into small pieces
1 handful fresh parsley, snipped into small pieces
1/2 teaspoon ground bay leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
2 green onion stalks, sliced into small pieces
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
Add all above ingredients, and stir well.
Step 3- Adding your cauliflower and sausage (optional)
cauliflower head- the remaining part of your cauliflower, cut off of the root, and left in tact as much as possible, but cut into small “flower” pieces (You can carefully cut around the root as best as you can, by making a total of 4 to 5 cuts, starting from the root, and going down to the “flower” part of the cauliflower. You can do this by turning your cauliflower upside down. This is a beautiful vegetable, which is held in place naturally, until you separate the pieces, and then they will come apart like a puzzle.)
1/2 pound smoked sausage, sliced thin, on a bias (that means sideways to give it a fancier look) (beef, chicken, pork, turkey, or vegetarian, just something with that smokey flavor enhances this whole dish)
Place above 2 ingredients in your pot, with the cauliflower first, flower side up, single layer, if possible. Cover with sauce. Add your sausage. Cover, and cook on medium to low heat for about 30 minutes. Be careful to not mix it too much, only move it around with your utensil so that the cauliflower stays in tact. Remove from heat, let cool for a few minutes and enjoy !!!! This dish is so good !!!!!