Tuesday, November 27, 2012

spicy roasted cauliflower & garlic


 
it is time to introduce you to the most simple, easy and delicious way to serve cauliflower...slow roasted with tons of garlic and a healthy dose of dried red pepper flakes. the roasting turns the vegetables deep brown, caramelized and incredibly sweet. the pepper flakes add a bit of heat.  the recipe calls for a large pinch...use more or less depending on your heat tolerance.
 
i first made this years ago for friends.  when the pan came out of the oven we descended on the finished dish and ate every bite literally from the pan...did not even wait to serve with dinner.  you may want to consider doubling the recipe...everyone will want seconds.
 
Spicy Roasted Cauliflower & Garlic
Ingredients
  • 1 head organic cauliflower
  • 1 head organic garlic, cloves separated and peeled
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • grey salt
  • large pinch red pepper flakes
    Cooking Directions
  1. preheat oven to 425 degrees. prepare cauliflower by first washing and removing leaves. (save for stir frys, soups or stock). cut off stem and then cut cauliflower in half lengthwise and then again into quarters. place one of the cut sides down on cutting board and...with the knife at an angle...cut off stem. repeat with remaining three pieces. break cauliflower into bite sized florets.        
  2. place prepared cauliflower on a rimmed baking sheet. run 4 passes of olive oil bottle over pan and, using your hands, roll cauliflower in oil ensuring evenly covered. place in preheated oven for 30 minutes. remove from oven and add garlic and another 2 passes of e.v.o.o. stir and sprinkle salt and red pepper flakes over vegetables. return to pan and roast for another 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so, adding additional oil only if necessary. keep roasting until the cauliflower is deep brown and caramelized on all sides being careful not to let burn.        
  3. remove from oven, taste and adjust salt if needed. place in on a serving platter and pour all e.v.o.o from pan over vegetables. serve immediately.
 
it is cauliflower week at food network's fall fest. check out the other delicious sounding recipes from my blogger friends:
Red or Green?: Spicy Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic
Devour: 6 New Ways to Use Cauliflower
Thursday Night Dinner: Quick Cauliflower Curry
Feed Me Phoebe: Roasted Cauliflower and Fennel Salad With Endive and Radicchio
FN Dish: 10 Standout Cauliflower Recipes
HGTV Gardens: Garden-to-Table: Cauliflower
 
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