Recipes & Pairings

With their crisp acidity and fresh fruit flavors, Sicily’s wines are versatile when it comes to food pairing. In general, white wines are better with lighter-bodied foods and fresh cheeses, while reds pair naturally with richer dishes. That said, white wine lovers can rely on Grillo to complement the entire meal, from pasta to grilled white meats and goat cheese. And the go-to for red-wine lovers is Nero d’Avola, which matches with everything from antipasti to grilled meats.

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  • Seared Honey Harissa Cauliflower

Seared Honey Harissa Cauliflower

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Stay fresh and light this summer with grilled cauliflower and Harissa, paired perfectly with the fruity and bright notes of a Sicilia DOC Grillo or White Blend.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower, stem removed and cut into large florets
  • 2 tablespoons pistachio, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Harissa
  • 4 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 orange, supremed


Directions:

In a blender, purée the honey, tahini and harissa and 1 tablespoon olive oil until smooth. It should be the consistency of a smooth peanut butter. If the mixture is not coming together and is not emulsified, add 1 tablespoon water until the mixture is consistent.

Blanch cauliflower for 2 minutes – put in ice bath, remove from ice bath and drain. Sear cauliflower in batches in a large skillet pan with 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium high heat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides of the cauliflower in the pan. Once the cauliflower is seared to golden brown, remove and set on paper towels.

On a large serving plate, spread the tahini sauce and place the cauliflower florets in clustered unorganized areas. Sprinkle the plate with nuts. Arrange the oranges amongst the cauliflower. Top with parsley leaves. Drizzle with olive oil. Makes 4 servings.