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Roasted Cauliflower

Chrisby Chris, 5 yr, 7 m ago in Recipes
Comments | Tags: cooking tips, seasonal, cauliflower, UK

Cauliflowers are plentiful and cheap and tasty at the moment having been growing through the winter months.  It is always a little bit surprising to cut back the dark green outer leaves and reveal the creamy white flower head inside.

Of course, traditionally cauliflower is broken into florets and steamed and smothered in a rich cheesy sauce before whacking under the grill, but sometimes the sauce making involved is just a bit too faffy and cornflour based sauces can be a bit cloying.

This recipe offers a quick and simple alternative to steaming that is really tasty and opens up a whole range of variations...

Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower 
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons of olive or rapeseed oil
  • Salt and black pepper to season

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C (400F, Gas Mark 7)
  2. Remove the outer leaves of the cauliflower cut into quarters and then cut each quarter into two wedges.
  3. Place in a plastic bag and add the oil, salt and pepper.  Toss altogether until the pieces are lightly coated.
  4. Spread the pieces out in a roasting tin
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 20 - 25 minutes until soft and beginning to brown around the edges...

Variations

For an Asian style dish -  Replace the oil with sesame oil and the salt with shoyu soy sauce.  Sprinkle a tablespoon of sesame seeds into the bag as you toss the cauliflower.

If your roasting tin is large enough you could roast other vegetables at the same time - mushrooms, garlic, onion wedges, halved tomatoes - but make sure they've got plenty of room.

If you still hanker for a bit of cheese with your cauliflower, take it out of the oven after 15 - 18 minutes or so and sprinkle with grated cheddar or parmesan - or a mixture and then pop back into the oven to finish off.

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