Feb 092014
 

whole roasted cauliflower recipe

I’ve always loved cauliflower steamed until just tender, salted, and served with a little melted butter, or olive oil. But lately I’ve become curious about other ways to serve it, especially now when the vegetable is at peak season, so snowy and tender.  Something a little piquant seems called for, to offset the vegetables’ slight sweetness – something acid, something herbal, something cheesy.

Here’s a recipe that does all of that.  And the great thing is, it’s easy. Wait – another great thing. When you serve an entire head of cauliflower, all you need is good bread, butter, and salad to make a fine vegetarian meal.

Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Yogurt And Herbs

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 head cauliflower, trimmed of leaves and hard stem parts

1½ cups plain Greek yogurt

Juice of 1 lemon

1 large garlic clove, crushed

1/4  cup chopped parsley or fresh za’atar or oregano

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 cup grated Parmesan or other sharp cheese.

Line a baking sheet with baking paper, or grease it well with butter. Preheat the oven to 205°C – 400°F.

In a large bowl, blend yogurt with all remaining ingredients except cheese.

Turn the cauliflower, head-down, into the bowl. Move it around gently to cover as much of the surface as possible with the yogurt blend. Spoon more yogurt into the spaces between the florets. Turn right-side-up and massage more yogurt all over it.

Press the grated cheese all over the surface, as much as possible. Place it on the baking sheet.

Roast the cauliflower 30 – 40 minutes, until well crusted and tender. Check for done-ness by inserting a thin knife into the thickest part, on the bottom.

Serve, and enjoy.

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  9 Responses to “Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Yogurt And Herbs”

  1. I love roasted cauliflower. The yogurt dressing is a great idea. Tip: to cut roasting time, microwave the cauliflower for 10 minutes first.

  2. Wow! That looks AMAZING. Do you have a technique for checking for thrips and other bugs that you feel comfortable sharing? I have trouble checking for bugs without breaking the head. Could this recipe be adjusted for loose florets without killing that gorgeous presentation?

  3. Hmmm? Never tried roasted cauliflower. But I scour the Internet for vegetable recipes and this one sounds mouth-wateringly awesome!

  4. Looks like a lovely way to prepare cauliflower!

  5. Hi Rivka. I buy the bug-free cauliflower when I can. That’s my secret technique! Otherwise, you pretty much have to take the head apart in order to check for bugs. For a pretty presentation, I gather all the florets into an oven-proof bowl so that they fit in side as tightly as possible, then roast.

  6. Great tip, Raizy. I don’t own a microwave myself, but I’m sure most readers do, and will appreciate that tidbit.

  7. Have you tried it yet? If you like cauliflower, you’ll like this one.

  8. Yes, Kalyn, and it’s so easy! Hope you try it!

  9. The ‘marinade’ is SO wonderful, I’m using it for a veggie tray dip.

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