Kyle’s cauliflower recipe is uncomplicated and surprising… Just like Kyle! 😉 I kid, I kid 😉 But seriously, this dish is scrumptious. I was sneaking bites when Kyle showed me how to make it at his apartment in NYC. When we re-created it for the Impatient Foodie shoot, the cumin-spiced florets were gobbled up within minutes (always a good sign). Even though my Italian relatives might yell at me for mixing cheese with fish, I think this would go great with my whole fish en papillote and a simple green salad. Kyle said he likes to serve it to dinner party guests as they arrive for drinks. Either way, it’s damn good.
I feel very lucky to have known Kyle for most of my life. He made a film with my mother, titled Blue Velvet, when I was 3 years old and I’ve known him ever since. I’ve only seen Blue Velvet once when I was waaayyyy too young, and even though I still feel like crying whenever I see Dennis Hopper’s face in films, Kyle is so cool, fun, charming and down to Earth that I was able to separate the character from the reality, even as a small child. Also, Kyle likes to talk about dogs a lot and I do too, so we have that in common. If Kyle looks familiar, but you can’t quite place him, I’m sure you’ve seen him in shows like Portlandia, How I Met Your Mother, The Good Wife, Desperate Housewives, Sex and the City, or (a personal favorite) Twin Peaks (just to name a few.) He continues to have an incredible career because he is, obvs, a hugely talented actor.
Additionally, Kyle is a MAJOR foodie and wine connoisseur. In fact, Kyle likes wine so much that he started his own fantastic wine label, Pursued By Bear (@ppbwine). Kyle’s grapes come from his home state of Washington (in Walla Walla), and it’s a real passion project for him. I love tasting wines with Kyle because he makes it fun and interesting. Honestly, I tend to get bored when people wax on and on and about wine flavors and aging barrels etc, but Kyle really takes me on a journey and has made me appreciate the wine creating process. His enthusiasm is totally contagious! I’m sure the fact that Pursued By Bear is rated a 91 by Wine Spectator (meaning, “Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style”) doesn’t hurt either.
Kyle's Cumin Cauliflower
1-2 HEADS OF CAULIFLOWER
¼ CUP OF EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
1 TABLESPOON OF GROUND CUMIN
1 TABLESPOON OF GRATED PARMESAN (+ SOME MORE FOR DUSTING)
1 TABLESPOON OF BREADCRUMBS
¼ TEASPOON OF SALT
NOTE: Kyle recommends a cast iron pan or a ceramic baking dish for this recipe, but we used a simple metal pan for our shoot and that worked too!
- Set oven to 425 degrees F.
- Wash cauliflower & dry with a paper towel.
- Separate florets from the stems. Reserve florets in a bowl, discard stems.
- In the bowl with the florets, add the olive oil, salt, cumin, parmesan, and breadcrumbs. Toss with the cauliflower florets to coat well.
- Grease a baking pan with olive oil and place one layer of florets into the pan.
- If there are additional cauliflower florets, use a separate pan to bake them – One layer is important here to cook properly!
- Dust the florets with some parmesan before putting the pan into the oven for about 1 hour. Stir every 20 minutes or so. You want the cauliflower to be very brown with crunchy bits before you remove from the oven to eat.