Thomas and I recently moved into a new house and we have spent far too much time in Home Depots. Yes, plural. We’ve gone to pretty much every Home Depot location in the state of Colorado. Each time we would walk out of a store, the scent of hot dogs from the strategically placed hot dog stand would slap us in the face. When Thomas asked me what we should do for dinner one night, I answered like a robot, “Hot dogs.” My answer shocked and elated my hubby. He looked like a kid on Christmas morning. Typically, for us, hot dogs are only eaten while inside Yankee Stadium, so this was clearly groundbreaking. I drew the line at eating a hot dog from Home Depot, though, so we went to a place called Biker Jim’s, which serves up gourmet dogs made of rattlesnake, elk, reindeer, and wild boar. This place was perfect – it not only fulfilled our hot dog fix, but it also glammed things up a bit after spending hours and hours at Home Depot. Yeah, I just classified a hot dog joint as glam.
One of the side dishes that we enjoyed at Biker Jim’s was charred tahini cauliflower. They put cauliflower florets in a wire basket, quickly charred them right over the grill, and then tossed them with a tahini sauce. Tahini, which is a paste made from ground sesame seeds, is most commonly known as an ingredient found in hummus. Its creamy and nutty taste complemented the charred cauliflower so perfectly that I decided to recreate the dish at home. I’m not quite sure if I got the exact recipe right, but I came pretty darn close! In fact, this charred cauliflower is so tasty that you won’t even miss the glammed-up gourmet hot dog. Thanks, Biker Jim!
Charred Cauliflower with Tahini Sauce
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
2 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon maple syrup
Drizzle of sesame oil (optional)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Toss cauliflower florets in olive oil and spread out on a baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Roast in oven for 20 minutes, turning halfway though. Meanwhile, combine tahini, water, lemon juice, soy sauce, maple syrup, and sesame oil in a bowl. Stir until combined. When the cauliflower is golden brown and slightly charred, cover in tahini sauce and toss. Top with chopped parsley and enjoy!