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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Simple Side Dishes: Roasted Cauliflower

Today I just have a healthy and easy recipe for you. It’s so easy, in fact, I hesitate to even call it a ‘recipe.’ This roasted cauliflower is to die for. Trust me. I’ve been popping these florettes like candy for the last two days. Yum!

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Simple Side Dishes: Roasted Cauliflower
Cuisine: Side Dish
  • Cauliflower, broken up into small-medium sized pieces
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Handful of fresh, grated parmesan cheese
  1. Place cauliflower on a baking sheet or in a 9X13 baking pan. Drizzle olive oil over cauliflower, then salt and pepper. Toss cauliflower to lightly cover all pieces with oil and seasoning.
  2. Roast in a 400-degree oven for 25-30 minutes. Stir once or twice during cooking. Check for doneness with a sharp knife, to the point where you can pierce the cauliflower fairly easily but not to the point of mushiness. Remove from oven and toss with grated parmesan cheese.
  3. Sit, eat and enjoy the simplicity and buttery goodness that is cauliflower!

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  1. 1
    debbie johnson

    I discovered roasting vegetables also, I do cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus and brussel sprouts, the brussel sprouts and asparagus are my favorites.

  2. 2

    So yummy! I shake mine up in a ziploc with the olive oil and seasonings so it coats it well and put foil on the baking sheet so it cleans up fast. My kids love cauliflower too, I just don’t care for the smell while it cooks…

  3. This is DELICIOUS!!! I thought my family didn’t really like cauliflower until I made it this way. They loved it, I should have doubled what I made!

  4. 4

    Thank you! We have leftover cauliflower from making chicken lo mein (my kids’ favorite and a great way to get in lots of veggies), and I think even my anti-veggie husband will eat this.

  5. 5

    Perfect side dish for any meal. Love it!

  6. 6

    sounds like lunch to me! (except all i have is cheddar..i think it’ll work!)

  7. I’m sure cheddar would be great!

  8. 8

    i got cauliflower in my CSA box with a ton of big leaves around the head. i learned that the leaves are edible too. you can cook them like you would any other greens, or cut the leaves and head up and roast them together (although the quick-cooking leaves will get crisp fairly quickly). delicious though.
    ps–i too say hooray for roasting. it makes vegetables so savory and good.

  9. Yum! I’ve roasted almost every veggie out there, but haven’t tried this one yet. Will for sure!!! Another commenter mentioned brussle sprouts…just wrote a post about them today (not posted yet). If you roast them with balsamic, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper and a touch of brown sugar they are amazing. I slice them thin for a better sprout to yummy ‘sauce’ mix.
    Thx for the cauliflower idea…will be next on my list!

  10. 10

    Made this for dinner tonight right after I saw the post. LOVED it, hubby and kids did too. I’ve roasted cauliflower before, but adding the parm made all the difference. Thank you!

  11. 11

    I just did a similar recipe with broccoli! Absolutely delish! I’m thinking I might try summer squash next. The choices are endless! Yeah for roasted veggies!

  12. 12
    andrea p

    I just steamed the last of my cauliflower for dinner tonight, and I now feel like I missed out on something great. From looking at the other comments it makes me think I should roast almost all my vegetables, not just the occasional pan of carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes and onions.

    ps: jane I just received the jamie oliver cookbook yesterday. it has so many great looking recipes. i’m so happy that i won this, and i’m determined to try out some of the tasty curry recipes. thanks for doing the giveaway.

  13. 13
    Erika B.

    We love roasted cauliflower! I toss it in olive oil and 1 tsp Penzey’s Spices Parisien Herb Blend before roasting it at 450* for 15 min. Then I pull it out and drizzle it with 2 tsp Balsamic Vinegar and sprinkle it with Parmesan Cheese before finishing it in the oven for another 10 min. Even my picky husband will eat it!

  14. Thanks for sharing this one. My wife has cauliflowers in her garden. I am not really good at cooking but this little things will definitely help me.

  15. 15

    I like to roast cauliflower with cubed potatoes and indian spices. And I like to dip it in egg and breadcrumbs and fry it, I alway remember my mom doing this with leftover cauli from Sunday night roast! This is a great site for veg recipies

  16. 16
    Jane Maynard

    thanks for the great ideas and the great link, mel!

  17. 17

    I recently discovered how good cauliflower can be when roasted. It is amazing! I made it into a nice salad that turned into a main dish by also roasting strips of red-skinned potato and with the addition of grilled chicken on top. I like that cauliflower is quite economical, and lots of people aren’t big fans… until they try it roasted!

  18. 18

    add sliced fennel and garlic cloves!!!

  19. 19
    Rhianna L.

    This is also good if you put a little bit of lemon juice on the cauliflower! Gives it a little kick that is very nice!
    Love roasted cauliflower!

  20. 20
    Jen B.

    I just discovered your site, and I am in love!! When I read, I feel like I am chatting with a friend, and I can’t wait to print and cook soooo many recipes!
    Anywhoo- We make roasted cauliflower all the time now too. Here’s another way to try it: Slice up 3-5 garlic cloves and add them to the florets. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast them, but use a tin foil tent for the first half of the time so the garlic does not burn. Then, here’s the secret…when the cauliflower is done roasting, sprinkle on the parmesan cheese and then throw it under the broiler! The cheese gets all brown and crunchy- Whoohoo! So good my 2 year old will eat a whole plate of cauliflower. Not too many people can say such a thing! 🙂

    • Jane Maynard

      awwww thanks for the nice words! 🙂

      and I love the technique – will remember this for sure!

  21. i love this.. it is my new favorite veggie. i put shaved Parmesan cheese on it and stick it back in the oven for 10 minutes. it is so good.

  22. 22
    Nicholle C.

    Holy yum!!!
    I tried this recipe along with some broccoli last night for dinner. Hubster raised an eyebrow, but he likes both veggies so said he would try them. I’m not a big cauliflower fan but was willing to try it. The pan of veggies didn’t even make it to our plates – we stood next to the stove burning our fingers and plucking delicious pieces of broccoli and cauliflower from the pan, oohing and aaahing over it. I can’t get over how simple and delicious it was and will make it again in a heartbeat – hubster has already asked for it again!

    The only disappointment – my increasingly picky 5 year old who likes broccoli was not impressed. She tried both veggies and pronounced that she did not like them. Oh well – next time I make it I’ll just steam some broccoli for her and roast the rest in the oven.

    Thanks for the awesome recipe, and helping me add more veggies to our meals!

    • Jane Maynard

      kids. what do they know? 😉

      I love that you were eating it off the pan – I do the exact same thing every time I make it! 🙂

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