Stir-fried cauliflower with spicy peanuts

Combine crunchy peanuts and creamy cauliflower for the perfect accompaniment to grilled or barbecued chicken or pork

Ingredients (Serves 4)
  • 1 medium cauliflower, about 600g/1lb 5oz trimmed weight
  • 3 tbsp chilli oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 100g/4oz natural roasted peanuts in their skins
  • 4 spring onions, trimmed and chopped
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cut the cauliflower into florets.

Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a medium frying pan and gently fry the cauliflower florets for 5 minutes, turning them frequently to avoid browning too much. Drizzle with 2 tbsp water, cover with a lid or foil, and cook for about 15 minutes until the cauliflower is tender.

Meanwhile, finely chop the peanuts – the easiest way is with a food processor, using the pulse setting. Tip them into a dry pan and toast them until they begin to colour. Add the remaining 2 tbsp oil, spring onion, lime zest and juice, sugar and seasoning then heat through gently for 1 minute, stirring.

Place the cooked cauliflower in a warm serving dish, spoon over the peanut mix and toss to coat well.

Serve heaped on top of, or alongside, grilled and sliced chicken breast or pork steaks.

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