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4 April, 2017

Roasted Cauliflower

Posted in : Appetizer, Healthy, Side Dish on by : fivethumbsup Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

I love this recipe! I am a huge fan of cauliflower and there is no better way to have it than roasted.  Sometimes I roast my cauliflower in pieces and other times like today I roasted it whole. Both ways are good, but I do think when I roast it in pieces the cauliflower gets softer. Roasting it whole like this the cauliflower was tender, but not mushy.

This is another one of those recipes that I don’t use any measuring utensils, I just sprinkle on the amount I feel fit for our family. This recipe is also one that you can switch spices and it still is going to be so good. Today I used garlic powder, dried basil, sea salt, pepper, and paprika.

It does take some time to cook in the oven, but the outcome is so worth it. I baked mine for about an hour or just a little over an hour. Check by sticking a knife through it. If the knife sticks through it easily, it’s done.   The size of the cauliflower will affect how long it will bake.

My 9-year-old daughter, my husband, and I are the ones in our family that love this cauliflower. My 9-year-old gets excited when I bring it to the table. As for the younger 2 they are not brave enough to try it yet.

It really is an easy way to prepare your cauliflower and add some flavor and excitement to a sometimes boring vegetable. Give it a try, come back and let me know if you enjoyed it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper
  • Dried basil
  • Paprika
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • Dried parsley

Directions:

  1. Trim the bottom of the cauliflower and remove all the leaves and the hard stem , but without breaking apart the cauliflower. Wash and pat dry.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450
  3. Brush a generous amount of olive oil all over the head of cauliflower, even underneath.
  4.  Sprinkle the garlic powder, sea salt, pepper, basil, and paprika all over and rub evenly.
  5. Put cauliflower in a cast iron skillet, cover with tin foil. (If you don’t have a cast iron skillet any baking dish will work.)
  6. Put the cauliflower head into the oven. Bake for 30 minutes covered.
  7. Uncover and cook another 20-30 minutes.
  8. Check with a knife if it slides in easy, then it’s done. Remove from oven.
  9. Melt butter and add a little dried parsley and stir.
  10. Brush butter and parsley all over the head of cauliflower.
  11. Cut into pieces and serve.
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