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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Oven Roasted Cauliflower



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I've been testing some new vegetable recipes for the Thanksgiving holiday. Most of them involve roasting vegetables that are topped with a separately prepared sauce just prior to serving. While they have all been delicious, I think they add an unnecessary layer of complication to an already busy meal. So, I kept refining my search and found a recipe for roasted cauliflower that had been developed by Emeril LaGasse. After an initial testing, I made a few modifications to his recipe and came up with the one I'm sharing with you today. Cauliflower prepared in this fashion is really delicious. I do, however, think the flavors are too strong to serve with turkey and the other elements of a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Having said that, I have no hesitation about serving it with pork, beef or lamb. I love the simplicity of this dish and the ease with which it can prepared. I will make it often. I hope you, too, will give it a try. Here's the recipe.

Oven Roasted Cauliflower...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Emeril LaGasse

Ingredients:
1 medium head cauliflower (about 2-1/4 pounds), trimmed and cut into florets
3 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Combine cauliflower and garlic in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Transfer, in a single layer, to a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast at 450 degrees F for about 25 minutes, stirring once. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately Yield: 6 servings.








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71 comments :

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Awesome i love baked cauliflowers they taste so good.. love this version..

Ginny said...

This looks really good! When I oven roast broccoli, half the time it turns out good, the other half it chars and is not edible!

Elin said...

Mary...this is good :) I prefer oven baked ones with garlic and parmesan cheese. Thanks for sharing such a simple yet tasty preparation :)
Have a nice day,
Elin

Glamour drops said...

yum, yum, yum. Making my mouth water! I do a similar version, but with a few torn up pieces of sourdough bread sprinkled on the top, just before the olive oil goes on. So it goes crispy.

bellini said...

It makes a perfect side dish Mary!!

Purabi naha said...

Yummy, oven-roasted cauliflower! Loved this.

Poornima Nair said...

That looks great, love the addition of cheese!

Priya said...

Yum yum, wonderful looking delicious cauliflower..

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love cauliflower and usually steam it, I'll give roasting a try next time:@)

The Café Sucré Farine said...

I think roasting cauliflower takes it to a whole new level! Yours looks wonderful - love the garlic and parmesan!

Tracy Wood said...

One of my very favorite things to eat - oven roasted cauliflower. We love it. Nice recipe today! Thanks for sharing it.

That Girl said...

I seriously made a very similar version of this for dinner this week. It's the first time either my husband or I have liked cauliflower. I added a white sauce to the cauliflower instead of the lemon/garlic/olive oil.

Clint said...

I'm very glad to see that you have iven recognition to a wonderful veggie that is so often overlooked. I like cauliflower, and usually eat it raw. But this dish looks like it can stand on it's own as a main dish---maybe with a little cornbread. Excellent.

Jenni said...

I love roasted vegetables and cauliflower is no exception! I actually roast my broccoli very similarly to this, so I will have to try this with cauliflower, too!

Kim said...

Roasted cauliflower is one of the sidedish I discovred a couple years ago. It changes the taste of this veggie and it is so good. I love the way you do it, with parmesan cheese!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Mary, I started making a very similar version of this over the summer and we LOVE it!! I'll have to try it with the parmesan! Thank you so much. Have a wonderful day. blessings ~ tanna

Catherine said...

Dear Mary, That cauliflower looks so delicious. I would just love to pick one and try it. Blessings, Catherine xo

Jenn said...

Mary, only you could make want to dig into a dish of cauliflower!! It looks amazing!

Trix said...

Cauliflower is SO underrated - I love how it gets to shine here without a fattening creamy sauce (not that there's anything wrong with that, lol!)

From the Kitchen said...

We like cauliflower and don't have it often enough. This sounds like a tasty and easily prepared side dish. I'm casting around for a different menu this Thansgiving--as I've often done in the past, only to return to the tried and true.

Best,
Bonnie

Cindy said...

Mary.....this is just how i make my vegies all the time, i do all my summer vegies this way now! I also roast squash and sweet potatoes all time and usually sprinkle brown sugar on them instead of the cheese :D....thanks for sharing

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

Lovely flavors and a perfect use for cauliflower :)
Mary x

Lauren @ hey, who cut the cheese? said...

Funny, I was going to roast some cauliflower tonight, but up until now didn't really have much of a game plan. Thanks for this! It sounds really tasty.

Helene Dsouza said...

Your cauliflower looks very comforting... the garlic, the parmesan,...mhmmm *appetite*

Sofia.Lopez said...

Hello Mary,
First of all i want to thank you for your kindness and visit to my blog...i´m really glad and i'm waiting for you next visit with open heart :)

Your roasted cauliflower looks amazing, i'm a vegetables lover and in the oven they smell and taste so so god...

Have a great day Mary!
A kiss for you

Sofia :)

lifeisfull said...

I could serve this with lamb for Christmas. :)

Anu Menon said...

we have this one a week atleast minus the cheese and lemon juice. I should try this version out too!

StephenC said...

I defer to your judgment, but don't exactly see where the flavors would be overwhelming. The color is certainly beautiful. We roast cauliflower, green beans, broccoli and brussells sprouts as our favorite way of preparing them.

France@beyondthepeel said...

i love roasted cauliflower. I love how you combined the lemon and garlic. The flavors would be delicious on roasted veg.

David said...

Mary, I love cauliflower and this recipe will help me convince my wife to eat her veggies! Great idea... Thanks and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Joanne said...

With all the fuss of thanksgiving, the simpler the sides are, the better! Love this!

Top Cuisine avec Lavi said...

Thank you, Mary, for the comment on my blog - Top Cuisine avec Lavi

Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

Looks great....but my problem is oven space! I need a second oven for the holiday season! We love cauliflower, though and I'll try this on a "regular" day. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Stéphanie said...

This looks so good ! And thank you for your lovely comment !

nannykim said...

Yum that looks so good. I agree with the person that said oven space is at a premium when you have only one oven and are cooking a large turkey. But I can cook this for other meals! Or...well.....could cook it while the turkey is cooling, I suppose.

Manju said...

Mmmmmm this looks so yumm! Gonna try this next time I buy cauliflower :) thanks for sharing!

Regards,
Manju
Http://manjuseatingdelights.blogspot.com

JG said...

I roast many veggies, but never have roasted cauliflower. Sounds really good!
~Judy

Red Nomad OZ said...

I've never tried cauliflower in this way before - but we'll soon fix that!! Have a great weekend!!

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looking roasted cauliflower wonderfully done

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Hi Mary, I love to roast cauliflower. It adds a kind of nuttiness to the flavor. And I then like to add it to a pasta dish that I make.

Claudia said...

Mary! I am doing the same thing! Testing vegetables for Thanksgiving - because I am not allowed to deviate from the way we do the turkey, the stuffing, the pumpkin pie... really - doesn't anyone want change? So am playing with cauliflower - which I thought I didn't like until I discovered better recipes - like this - this is a better recipe! End of thesis. Have a grand one.

Rambling Tart said...

How I adore roasted vegetables, Mary! :-) I made a similar dish a couple years ago and seeing yours today reminded me how much I liked it! :-) I must make it again soon. :-)

Chiara said...

I love cauliflowers, I'll try soon your recipe Mary!Thanks for sharing, have a good weekend...

Stephanie said...

This looks great. Cauliflower is one of those vegetables I seem to forget about. But this would be perfect for Thanksgiving.

Tender B. said...

Looks like a meal fit for a vegetarian king. I'll give it a try, if you insist...

Guvi said...

As I said before, I'm on the lookout for vegetarian dishes for the Thanksgiving office lunch, so here is another one I bookmarked. Thank you so very much, Mary, I hope you'll have a wonderful weekend!

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

I love cauliflower and am always looking for ways to use it.

Gisela said...

I love roasted cauliflower too! I love just putting cauliflower florets on a tray covered with tinfoil (for easy clean up) and just letting them brown (I like them really well done). I don't even use any oil. They taste great with just some salt and pepper (sometimes I'll also season with red pepper flakes or some cinnamon).

Becki's Whole Life said...

I like this recipe because it adds some flavor but still let's the cauliflower flavor (which I really like) shine through. I would love to see this on the Thanksgiving table.

Lori said...

What a lovely recipe. I have to admit I roast all kinds of veggies, but have yet to try cauliflower. Delicious!

Monet said...

We eat cauliflower every week. I can't wait to add this to our monthly rotation. Simple yet delicious. Thank you for sharing your creativity with me. Your blog is a great way to start my weekend. I hope your weekend is relaxing and that you get to bake some yummy treats!

Eternal Instants said...

This sounds so good! My kids love raw cauliflower, I would love to try this to see if they would like it cooked as well! Thanks for sharing :)

DJ said...

I cant wait to try this out, it sounds absolutely delicious!! :)

Life's a Bowl said...

This sounds great! I love roasted cauliflower + parm cheese but have never combined the two!

SaraLucette said...

I made this recipe tonight minus the lemon juice because i forgot to buy it, and it was AMAZING! It tasted just like garlic bread, but it was cauliflower! Thank you soo much, and I will definitely be making this as a veggie side when I'm trying to impress people with my culinary skills! My husband who always just eats a bite of the veggies to be polite, ate a huge helping. Thank you!

tspn said...

I tried this last night and it was great! My husband even said he liked it twice, that is huge for him. Will do this often. Thanks!

Louise Deveaux said...

I made this tonight, I loved it! I had some left over brussels sprouts and added them to the cauliflower, they were good too. Love, love roasted veggies and will add this recipe to our family favorites.

Louise Deveaux said...

what a great way to cook cauliflower! I made it tonight and added some leftover brussel sprouts. YUM!! I will never steam a veg again!

Mary said...

I received an anonymous comment asking what this dish had been garnished with. I used Italian parsley for the photo. Please remember that anonymous comments - good or bad - are not published here.
Blessings...Mary

Lisa said...

Just wanted to give you the heads up that this website has your recipe and photos: http://www.quickneasyrecipes.net/oven-roasted-cauliflower/

Nicole Piper said...

I made this with dinner tonight and it was INCREDIBLE! Everyone loved it and you're totally right, I don't think I could make cauliflower any other way now! Thanks for sharing!

Nana Cindy said...

As much as I love cauliflower, I don't think I've ever enjoyed it more! Thanks so much for the recipe!

Kelly said...

It is in the oven as I type. Love cauliflower and am excited to try this dish. Keep the healthy veggie ideas coming.

Sallybu said...

Thank you for a new way to cook one of my favourites, the humble Cauliflower. My main fare is Cauliflower au Gratin which is a staple for our "family roasts". Your recipe is on the agenda for this weekend, serving with Spiced Orange Roast Chicken and the regular potato mash with lashings of butter.

Mel @ Trailing After God said...

Trying it tonight! It smells delicious already :)

Sandy said...

Just made this, oh my word, so good!

Kathy Kay said...

I made this tonight for my family and they loved it. My teen-age daughter decided it satisfies the craving for carbs, but isn't potatoes. I loved it because it was so easy! Clean up was easy too.

laurie said...

Just made this, so, so good!

Kristine Duncan said...

Simple ingredients, delicious flavor. This recipe's a keeper! Thanks.

Missy Lucker said...

I add bite size pieces of bacon and it becomes a main dish. Thanks great dish! :)

dilpreet said...

I like this recipe .its very simple yet delicious.

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