1.25 kgcauliflower (about 1 large), cut into small florets2 tbsp thyme leaves, plus extra to serve170 ml extra-virgin olive oil2chorizo, thickly sliced1Spanish onion, finely chopped2garlic cloves, finely chopped750 ml (3 cups)chicken stock375 ml (1½ cups)milk400 gmcanned chickpeas, drained1½ tbsp sherry vinegar, or to tasteTo serve: finely grated lemon rind
Preheat oven to 220C. Combine cauliflower, thyme and 100ml oil in a bowl, season to taste, spread in an even layer on an oven tray and roast until golden and tender (15-20 minutes).
Meanwhile, scatter chorizo on a separate tray, drizzle with 20ml olive oil, roast until crisp (8-10 minutes), keep warm.
Heat remaining olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add onion and garlic, stir occasionally until soft (5-6 minutes). Add chicken stock, bring to the boil, add milk and cauliflower mixture (reserve a little for garnish) and process with a hand-held blender until smooth. Stir through chickpeas and sherry vinegar, season to taste and serve immediately scattered with reserved roast cauliflower, chorizo, extra thyme and lemon rind.
This recipe is from the August 2009 issue of Australian