This is a very simple but amazingly delicious recipe that I discovered mostly by accident. If you make beef stock from scratch and allow it to cool, a layer of solid fat will form on the top.
I always used to discard this fat, but not anymore! There is a lot of flavor in it, and together with the cauliflower, ground cumin and pecorino sardo the flavor is out of this world. So next time you make beef stock, keep the fat and make this dish. I promise you won’t regret it!
This is a week night dish that is easy to prepare if you already have the reserved beef fat. A bit of the stock/gravy will usually stick to the fat when you remove it; that is fine and will enhance the flavor even more. Pecorino sardo is an aged sheep’s cheese from the island of Sardinia. It has more flavor and is less salty than it’s better known brother from around Rome, pecorino romano. If you can’t find the sardo, it’s better to substitute with parmigiano reggiano than with pecorino romano.
150 grams (1/3 package) orechiette or other short pasta
400 grams (.9 lbs) cauliflower florets
about 6 Tbsp beef fat from home-made beef stock/gravy
salt and freshly ground white pepper
ground cumin to taste
freshly grated aged pecorino sardo (or parmigiano reggiano)
Preheat the oven to 225C/425F.
Meanwhile, boil the pasta in salted water al dente according to package instructions.