1 medium head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cut into bite-size florets
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
1/3 cup fresh bread crumbs (see Know-How, below)
3 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
Freshly ground black pepper
Sometimes it's the little things that can make the difference in a dish being spectacular or so-so-like using homemade bread crumbs versus store-bought. Crumbs made from quality bread are easy to make. Simply tear up bread, with or without the crusts, and grind it in a food processor-1 (2-ounce) slice makes about 1/2 cup of crumbs. If you want moist crumbs-as you do for this crispy topping-start with fresh, not stale, bread. Stale dry bread is better for crumbs used in stuffings or as a binder because the crumbs absorb more liquid.