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Greek braised cauliflower

Traditional Greek Braised Cauliflower Recipe

Soft, tender cauliflower stewed in olive oil and tomato sauce and flavored with spices.
Course Entree, Side Dish
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean, Vegan
Keyword Cauliflower, Greek
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Author Elena Paravantes RDN


  • 1 large cauliflower head washed and separated in medium sized florets
  • ½ - ¾ cup olive oil
  • 1 potato cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 allspice berries
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 3 clove buds
  • salt/pepper


  • In a large pot, or deep pan heat the olive oil, add the cauliflower, potatoes, and spices, pepper and sauté, browning the cauliflower a bit.
  • Add the tomato paste and 1 teaspoon salt, swirl it around heating it as well.
  • Add some hot water until cauliflower is about half way covered (you can always add more later if needed). Stir gently.
  • Lower heat, assemble cauliflower so that that stems face down. Cover pot and let it simmer for about 30-50 minutes (check that the cauliflower is very soft, but not falling apart, also the sauce should not be watery).
  • Serve warm or at room temperature, spoon some sauce on top and some feta cheese.