Quick and Easy Burnt Ends & Cauliflower Delight

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What Started it all:
Burnt ends, Cauliflower, baking soda, microwave

A super simple and scrumptious dish that combines the smoky goodness of burnt ends with the wholesome crunch of cauliflower.


  • Burnt ends (1 lb)
  • Cauliflower (1 large head)
  • Baking soda (1 tsp)
  • Microwave-safe dish
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil (2 tbsp, optional for extra flavor)


  1. Prep the Cauliflower: Break the cauliflower into bite-sized florets. Rinse the florets thoroughly under cold water. In a large pot, bring water to a boil and add 1 tsp of baking soda. This will help keep the cauliflower nice and white! Blanch the cauliflower in the boiling water for about 2-3 minutes, then drain and set aside.
  2. Microwave Magic: Place the blanched cauliflower florets in a microwave-safe dish. Drizzle with olive oil if using, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover the dish with a microwave-safe lid or plastic wrap, leaving a small vent for steam to escape. Microwave on high for 5-7 minutes, or until the cauliflower is tender.
  3. Combine and Heat: In a large skillet over medium heat, add the burnt ends. If they’re already cooked and just need reheating, cook for about 5 minutes until warmed through. Once the cauliflower is done in the microwave, add it to the skillet with the burnt ends. Toss everything together gently, letting the flavors meld for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Serve and Enjoy: Transfer the mixture to a serving platter. Garnish with a little extra pepper or your favorite herbs if you like!

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