The Wedding Bouquet Vegetable Platter or Romanesco Romano!
20 mins (prep 5, cooking 15)
6 ingredients
4-6 servings
Thanks to Chef #37636 and Chef #47892 for giving me the zany recipe title ideas! Yes, this beautiful vegetable does indeed look like a wedding bouquet, or maybe even a collection of small Christmas is the most beautiful looking vegetable in the world, in my humble opinion! However, never mind its looks - it tastes wonderful, having a nutty and buttery taste and holds its shape better than cauliflower or broccoli when cooked. A little more information on this gorgeous vegetable: Romanesco is an unusual crop. Not quite a calabrese and not quite a cauliflower but with aspects of both. It has a taste and texture exceeding the finest broccoli and is a member of the Brassica family. Romanesco broccoli was first documented in Italy (as broccolo romanesco) in the sixteenth century. It is sometimes called broccoflower, but that name is also applied to green-curded cauliflower cultivars. Romanesco is best steamed rather than boiled as it will retain its flavour and texture better. Small spears can also be stir-fried or even eaten raw in salads or with a dip as crudities. This recipe is simple and keeps the full flavour of the romanseco; use any Italian cheese you have to hand - I used Parmesan cheese in the photos I posted, a few toasted hazelnuts may also be a fine finishing touch. One more piece of useless information (!!), the fractal spiral of this vegetable is an example of the golden ratio, which is linked mathematically to all kinds of interesting things, such as the proportions of human faces - I told you it was an amazing vegetable!

Categories:  side-dish , served-hot , technique , italian , quick , cheese , french , lunch~snacks , <-30-mins , heirloom~historical , broccoli , vegetarian , taste~mood , romantic , free-of... , eggs~dairy , time-to-make , egg-free , holiday , european , cauliflower , presentation , wedding , vegetable , steam ,
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Serving Size (15.23 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 80.99 Calories from Fat 65.61
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7.29g 44.86%
Saturated Fat 4.1g 82.06%
Trans Fat 0.23g %
Cholesterol 15.98mg 21.3%
Sodium 101.04mg 16.84%
Total Carbohydrate 3.32g 4.43%
Dietary Fiber 0.16 g 2.48%
Sugars 0.16 g %
Protein 0.83g 6.65%
Vitamin A 183.99IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 8.36mg% Iron 0.19mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
italian, romano cheese, hazelnut oil, toasted hazelnuts