Braised Cauliflower, Leeks and Artichoke Hearts

February 1, 2012 in Categories: , by

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A simple vegetable side dish that is a lovely paring with fish, pork or chicken.  Trader Joe’s has frozen artichoke hearts which taste great.  You could also use canned artichoke hearts for this recipe (1 can should be about right), but make sure you drain and rinse the artichoke hearts first. 

Braised Cauliflower Leeks and Artichoke Hearts


  • 1 ½ cups cauliflower flowerets
  • 1 ½ cups chopped leeks
  • 1 ½ cups artichoke hearts
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp bacon grease (or other yummy cooking fat)

1.Heat bacon grease in a skillet (cast iron is great here) over medium-high heat. 
2.Add veggies and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until veggies are cooked (about 15 minutes).  There should be enough water from the veggies to keep them from sticking, but if they do start to stick, add 1 Tbsp of water to the pan.


I’m definitely going to have to try this! Anything that involves leeks is already good but then you add artichoke hearts – I’m a happy girl! Garlic and bacon grease just seems to be gilding the lily. lol

Sorry if this seems like a lame question but how long can you save bacon grease? Does it spoil? Do you filter out the crumbs? I always have thrown it out right away but it does seem yummy to cook with.

It is very yummy to cook with. If you pour the bacon grease through a mesh strainer to filter out any food particles, it will last for quite a while (even months) if kept refrigerated. We cook bacon about once a week and just add the new grease to the ceramic pot we use for storing it.

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