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Cauliflower Crowns with Pesto and Prosciutto

  • Makes: 12 servings
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Chill: Up to 24 hrs


  • 2 heads cauliflower (about 1 1/2 lb. each)
  • 1 cup snipped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup smoked walnuts or almonds
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon or 2 teaspoons dried tarragon, crushed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons diced prosciutto or bacon (1 oz.)
  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley sprig (optional)


  1. Wash cauliflower heads and remove leaves and woody stems. Break each cauliflower heat into 6 to 8 clusters. In 6-quart Dutch oven cook cauliflower, covered, in a small amount of boiling salted water about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain. Transfer to a covered storage container and chill up to 24 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, for pesto, in a food processor bowl or blender container combine snipped parsley, walnuts or almonds, oil, tarragon, garlic, and vinegar. Cover and process or blend with several on-off turns until smooth. Transfer to a storage container and cover and chill.
  3. Place cauliflower in a microwave safe 2-quart oval baking dish. Microcook on 100 percent power (high) for 4 to 6 minutes, turning dish once. Drizzle melted butter over cauliflower. Pour half of the pesto around base of cauliflower and pass remainder. Makes 12 side-dish servings.

From the Test Kitchen

To serve right away:

Cauliflower and pesto may be served without chilling.

Nutrition Facts (Cauliflower Crowns with Pesto and Prosciutto)

  • Per serving:
  • 155 kcal ,
  • 15 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat ,
  • 5 mg chol. ,
  • 69 mg sodium ,
  • 5 g carb. ,
  • 2 g fiber ,
  • 3 g pro.

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