Curried (Paleo) Cauliflower “Risotto” with Pickled Apples

This chile pepper gets its name from its origin. In Spanish, serrano is an adjective meaning “from the mountains” which is where it originated-in the mountains of Hildalgo, Mexico. The serrano is normally about twice as hot as Jalapeno (about 10,000 to 15,000 Scoville units).It is the second most popular chile pepper in Mexico. This chile is used mostly for salsas but can also be used in soups, sauces, chili or stews.Try these as a hotter substitute for Jalapeno.

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Yields 4 Servings


Curried Cauliflower Risotto
  • ½ head cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 1 cup finely chopped leeks
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped sage (or ½ teaspoon dried)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 cup broth
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Cilantro for garnish
Pickled Apples and Serrano Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ⅔ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • ½ Fuji apple, thinly sliced
  • 10 thin slices of Serrano pepper


Curried Cauliflower Risotto
  1. Remove any leaves from the bottom of the head of cauliflower, and chop the head into large chunks. Using a food processor fitted with a blade, pulse the chunks until they are the size of grains of rice. You’ll need to do this in shifts.
  2. Heat up the oil in a large sauté pan and add the shallot and leeks. Cook until very tender, about 15 minutes. Add the sage and salt, and cook for another couple of minutes until the leeks are fragrant. Add the wine, and cook until it’s been completely absorbed.
  3. Add the cauliflower and broth all at once, cover the pan, and simmer until the cauliflower is tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the cream, curry, and cheese.
  4. Serve warm with Pickled Apples and Serrano Peppers (recipe below), and garnish with a little cilantro.
Pickled Apples and Serrano Peppers
  1. Whisk together all of the pickling juice ingredients (lemon juice, salt, sugar, vinegar, and peppercorns) and divide into two bowls with ⅔ of the liquid in one of the bowls. Place the apples in the bowl with more liquid, and the Serrano pepper in the other. Macerate for one hour.
  2. Coarsely chop the apples, and mince the Serrano pepper.

Recipe from The Wimpy Vegetarian, 2016