The Accidental Locavore’s friend Cozy had this as an appetizer in New Orleans and fell in love! You will, too, as it’s super-simple to make and roasting brings out the sweetness of the cauliflower (not to mention how cool it looks when you present it). One smallish head of cauliflower feeds 4 and the whole thing takes about an hour, mostly roasting time.
The World’s Easiest Cauliflower Recipe
|Prep time||5 minutes|
|Cook time||45 minutes|
|Total time||50 minutes|
|Meal type||Side Dish|
- 1 whole cauliflower (can be as big as you'd like. This is based on a medium-small head))
- olive oil (use a good quality oil)
- salt and pepper to taste (I used Maldon sea salt)
|Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Wash the cauliflower, cut the leaves off, leaving the core intact. In a pot big enough to hold the cauliflower, put the cauliflower and about 2” of water. Bring to a boil and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Carefully remove the cauliflower and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil over it and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until it is dark golden-brown and tender, about 45 minutes. Serve whole or cut into wedges and enjoy!|
The verdict: this is one of those no-fail dishes! That being said, the better your ingredients, the tastier this will be. While it’s delicious on its own, a sprinkle of lemon and some cumin, or a dash of hot sauce might be interesting. The Locavore dehydrated some sriracha recently (more about that later) and that sprinkled on top would be worth a shot. Since it’s grilling season, par-boiling it and roasting on the grill seems like a no-brainer. What do you think?