roasted cauliflower

roasted cauliflowerWant to get your kids to try and love cauliflower?  Then try roasting it. We all want to get more veggies into our family’s diet, right?  Well, a few years back, I tried cooking cauliflower for dinner. I steamed it as you would any vegetable and it tasted OK to John and I, but my kids HATED it!  There was a lot of gagging going on at the dinner table that night.  So I took a break from cauliflower and went back to the old familiars like broccoli and green beans, but I really wanted to get some new veggies into our diet, so I was determined to find other ways to cook them.

I heard that roasting cauliflower brought it to a whole new level, so I decided to give it a try.  The response I got that night from the kids was way different then the one before. The kids were like, “This can’t be cauliflower, it tastes too good, what is it really?” I told them it was indeed cauliflower but that I cooked it a different way. From that night on they were hooked!  Roasting cauliflower intensifies its flavor, rendering a caramelized, crispy product. Tender, aromatic, and slightly sweet, oven-roasted cauliflower is a wonderful veggie accompaniment to any meal.  Give it a try and I bet your pickiest eater will love it!

roasted cauliflower

roasted cauliflower:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • coarse kosher salt

Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees.

Cut up your cauliflower into even sized pieces.

chopped cauliflower (1 of 1)Rinse and pat dry the cauliflower and put it on a rimmed baking sheet.  Season with a bit of olive oil and a few pinches of salt, toss to mix well.

Spread the cauliflower out on in a single layer.

chopped cauliflower (1 of 1)-2Bake, stirring occasionally, until cauliflower is browned and tender when pierced with a fork, about 10-15 minutes.

This is what your cauliflower should look like when its finished!

roasted cauliflower on baking sheet

roasted cauliflowerPair it up with any entree or throw it into a pasta. We paired it below with a buffalo burger and kale salad.  

roasted cauliflower, kale salad and buffalo burger roasted cauliflower, kale salad and buffalo burger Have you tried roasted cauliflower? If not, you should give it at try and I bet you will become a fan!

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  1. says

    You told me about this over a year ago, and it continues to be one of our family favorites. I always preferred raw cauliflower to cooked, but now this is my #1 cauliflower dish.


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