Braised Cauliflower, Leeks and Artichoke Hearts

February 1, 2012 in Categories: by

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Braised Cauliflower Leeks and artichoke hearts copyThis combination might sound a little unusual, but I promise that the addition of bacon grease and garlic makes the flavors come together remarkably well!

This simple vegetable side dish is a lovely paring with fish, pork or chicken. To make things a little simpler, I use the frozen artichoke hearts from Trader Joe’s. You could also use canned artichoke hearts, but it’s more difficult to find these without the addition of some preservatives. If you use the canned variety, just make sure to drain and rinse the artichoke hearts first. 

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Serves: 4


  • 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.

I have never tried leeks before but this seems like a great recipe to try them with. I don’t go full paleo yet but I am trying to convert over to eating this way. I love most of the recipes you have (I can’t bring myself to eat liver, it just really grosses me out).

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