I usually just prepare romanesco like I would ordinary broccoli, but cutting it before cooking it means that I’m the only one who gets to truly appreciate its other-worldly beauty. This recipe for braised romanesco with a sweet, salty, and savory mixture of onions, olives, and raisins is my solution! Bring it to the table with the head intact and “carve” it at the table just before serving.
I think this would be a lovely dish to grace a holiday table… or any time! Serve alongside any meat or seafood dish for a complete meal. In particular, I think it would be perfect with roasted leg of lamb!
What is romanesco?
This interesting vegetable’s origins are unclear, but it seems to have been grown in Italy since at least the 16th century (so, NO… it is not a genetically modified mutant of the post-industrial age!). It is botanically related to the broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage and is rich in vitamins C and K and the minerals calcium and iron.
It has a mild, somewhat nutty flavor, and a pleasing texture. Braised whole like this, romanesco can stand to be fairly well cooked – which is an advantage for people with active inflammatory bowel disease or others who have compromised digestive systems that make it hard to consume raw or lightly cooked brassica vegetables.
AIP compliant olives
Yes! You can have olives, even on the elimination phase of the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP). Not only are they a great flavor enhancer, but they are a source of healthy fats and some micronutrients, so ENJOY! Just double check the ingredient labels and make sure no pimentos or other spices are included. Kalamatas, which I use in this recipe, are a good safe option. I like this brand in particular, available from ShopAIP (along with all 100s of other AIP-compliant cooking staples and prepared foods!).
Braised Romanesco with Onions, Olives & RaisinsPrint
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