March 28, 2013

Roasted Cauliflower


This isn’t so much a recipe as an idea. An idea you should definitely try. Every time I make this Jacques says, “Why doesn’t everybody roast their cauliflower?” And maybe you do already. But I only started doing it a few months ago after reading about it somewhere, so in case you haven’t tried it yet, do so.

As is the case with many other vegetables (broccoli, asparagus, sweet potato…) roasting brings out these amazingly sweet flavours in cauliflower. Flavours I didn’t know existed. It comes out burnished and crispy, the perfect side to a piece of meat or fish. I’m sure it would also be wonderful tossed with pasta with some parmesan, maybe fresh tomatoes and capers.

Roasted Cauliflower

Serves 2

One small head cauliflower, about 1.5 lbs.
2 to 3 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt (or to taste)
about 6 grinds black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Remove the outer leaves and stem from the cauliflower. Chop, or break up with your hands, into small to medium-sized florets. Chops the stems into bite-sized pieces. Toss in a large bowl with the oil, salt and pepper. Taste to see if there is enough salt. You could also add herbs and spices if you like.

Spread out in an even layer on a sheet pan. Roast for about 30 minutes, checking half-way through and turning with a spatula. When done, cauliflower should be tender and golden-brown in spots.


Anonymous said...

Beats the heck out of boiling it to death. A must try.  

Mary said...

Yum! I've never roasted cauliflower, but I agree.. roasting brings out amazing flavors! I will try this.

Marianne said...

Nice! I re-discovered roasted cauliflower a few months ago too. My mum roasts nearly all veggies over the winter and I didn't think of it until she served it at a Sunday dinner one evening. I had pretty solid lunches of roasted cauliflower with almonds throughout January and February :-) My friend made a solid frittata with some roasted cauliflower and gruyère a while ago too. So many possibilities.

Hope you guys are doing well!

Anne said...

I'm going to inaugurate my new stove by roasting cauliflower in it tonight. I have some pecans and sunflower seeds, or maybe I'll make a fritatta... Thanks for the inspiration! xo