Do you hate cauliflower? Well, then you've probably never had roasted cauliflower. Most of the time, cauliflower is steamed, which makes it bland and mushy. But roasted cauliflower has a nutty, buttery flavor that positively melts in your mouth. You can sprinkle it with cheese, dust it with spices, and even dunk it in barbecue sauce. Follow these simple steps to a delicious, simple and healthy treat.
Cauliflower is full of vital nutrients, including fiber, folate, vitamin C and water. Some studies have even shown that compounds in cauliflower can help protect against cancer, especially prostate cancer. This vegetable is also low in carbohydrates and fats, so it is an excellent addition to any diet.
Normally white, a cauliflower can also be lime green, dark purple or neon orange. These color variations don't really affect the flavor, but colorful vegetables do tend to have more nutrients.
Recipe:Break the cauliflower into small florets. The smaller they are, the faster they cook. Don't make them too small, though, or they will be difficult to pick up.Put the florets in a baking dish. The dish can be made of any material, but a metal dish will give the cauliflower a slightly crispier exterior because it is a better conductor of heat.Drizzle olive oil, melted butter, or any other type of oil you have on hand over the florets. Toss them around to thoroughly coat. Olive oil provides the healthiest type of fat, so if you're trying to watch your health, that's the type you should use.Sprinkle the cauliflower with any spices that you like. Cumin and paprika go well together on cauliflower, as do pepper and nutmeg.Put the cauliflower in the oven at 450 degrees for 30 minutes.Take the cauliflower out and sprinkle it with grated cheese. Any type of cheese will do, but a gooey soft cheese such as sharp cheddar, gouda, fontina or mozzarella will work best.Put the cauliflower back in for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cheese melts and the cauliflower is golden-brown.
Serve the cauliflower as a side, or use it as a substitute for potatoes. Roasted cauliflower can also make a simple and delicious appetizer or addition to a party tray. Set it next to a bowl of hummus, baba ganoush and spicy yogurt sauce, or put it on top of toasted bread slices spread with a creamy lemon aioli. You could even eat it as a snack instead of popcorn or chips!