This Italian-inspired side dish is exquisitely simple and elegant. Time-saver: Use frozen cauliflower and skip the first step; prepare the cauliflower according to package instructions.
ground black pepper
freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Heat the oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly coat an 8- by 10-inch oval baking dish with butter. Bring a large pot of water and 3 teaspoons salt to a boil. Add the cauliflower and boil until they are slightly softened, about 4 minutes.
- Drain well, cool slightly, and slice stems lengthwise to 1/4-inch thickness. Arrange the slices, overlapping them tightly, in the prepared baking dish. Season with salt and black pepper, and dot with butter. Sprinkle the top with the cheese. Bake uncovered until lightly browned on top, about 30 minutes. Serve hot.