Monday, March 6, 2017

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Herbs and Spices

Whole Roasted Cauliflower
We are in the midst of all things Spring. Seasonal wildflowers dot the landscape, farmers markets bursting with colorful veggies; and the longer and brighter days are here. The news media is even predicting weather in the high eighties next week. With all these wonderful new changes I am feeling a little stuck. Normally I cook and hike my way through these various emotions and this time is no exception. The spark is still there.

Now can we talk about this meal. A real showstopper if you will. When this gorgeous orb is removed from the oven your guests will be definitely be impressed; I know I was. The flavors you season it with depend on you. Since I was roasting chicken with sumac and thyme, that is the flavor profile that I stayed true to.

A Whole cauliflower was trimmed and cored, and then rubbed with olive oil and sprinkled with herbs and spices. The cauliflower was placed in a large cast iron skillet and then covered and roasted in the oven for approx. 20 minutes. The aluminum foil was then removed and the skillet was placed back into the oven for another 45 minutes. My husband who slightly grimaces every time he hears the name cauliflower loved this dish. He thought it was “creamy and comforting”.

A peak inside the whole roasted cauliflower



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Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

51 comments:

  1. Best cauliflower every Don

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  2. This is unique and sounds delicious! I love cauliflower and need to make it your way! Thanks!

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    1. Thanks Pam, I'm a big cauliflower lover too.

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  3. I love the idea of roasting this gorgeous vegetable whole, what a stunning centerpiece for a meatless meal!

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    1. Thanks Sue, I finally found a way to prepare cauliflower the way my husband loves.

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  4. I've roasted pieces of florets cauliflower but not a whole piece. This looks stunning good, Cheryl!

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  5. A showstopper indeed! Looks like your cauliflower deserves a standing ovation =) P.s. Love that you support Farmers Markets =)

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    1. Thanks Kim, yes, I go to the farmers market on Wednesdays and Thursdays, love my veggies.

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  6. Look delicious ! Really I love cauliflowers, one of my favorites veggies!!

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    1. Thanks Gloria, one of my favorites as well. Happy Monday!

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  7. This is by far my favourite way of cooking cauliflower, especially when I make roast chicken.

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    1. We had chicken with this dish as well, they were perfect together. Thanks Tandy

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  8. This looks fantastic Cheri. They used to cook the cauliflower whole like yours on my farm in Germany and then served it with brown butter.

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    1. Oh Gerlinde, that sounds wonderful, that must of been a wonderful farm.

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  9. My favourite veggie! I love to bake it whole and drizzle with turmeric sauce. Yours looks nicely brown and awesome.

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    1. Tumeric sauce? wow that sounds fabulous Angie, thanks for the inspiration.

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  10. I love it, I should definitely try that☺

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  11. I love your husbands assessment of this dish - it sounds great to me! Cauliflower is such an amazing vegetable. Love it!

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  12. High 80's? Woah! That's getting warm for sure. So I love that you roasted this cauliflower whole. I've always chopped mine, but it's such a wonderful presentation to roast it whole. And your husband is right...roasted cauliflower is indeed creamy. Love this one, Cheri! :-)

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    1. Thanks David, yes, that is pretty warm for this time of year. This is the first time I prepared cauliflower whole, will be making this again.

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  13. Uhhh... This looks amazing!!! YUM! Pinnng! Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It! :)

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  14. I love cauliflower and I look forward to trying your roasted version. It is different from the recipe I have used, so I am excited to see how they differ! Don't you love converting people (e.g. your husband, among others) to liking certain foods?

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    1. Lol, yes I do David, though I try know to let m y husband think I am converting him.

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  15. That looks so yummy!!! I love cauliflower steaks!!! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    1. Thnks Gingi, I love cauliflower steaks too, such a versaltile veggie!

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  16. Cheri:

    I envy your seasonal changes there in Arizona. Your description makes me feel like I'm there for a few minutes and it is so appreciated! We are still in winter....snow mixed with mud. Argh.

    And I love your cauliflower recipe. I discovered whole roasted cauliflower a few months back and I love it. It hadn't occurred to me to season it, though, and I love your idea....which I will follow up on shortly. 'glad your husband liked it.

    Thank you so much.
    D

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    1. Hi Dena, it seems I'm one of the last to discover this but oh am I glad I finally did.

      It's funny because I always envy other that live in the snow. Take care xo!

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  17. Lovely dish and I want to try it soon. What temp did you bake it at? Thanks for sharing this lovely dish at DI&DI.

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    1. Ooops I will have to add that, 375F. Thanks Linda!

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  18. I love cauliflower as well. I always steam it for a few minutes before putting it in the over to roast.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thats a great idea too Amalia, I will try that method as well. Thanks!

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  19. cauliflower is one of the my favorite vege .
    this one looks delicious and inviting!

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    1. Thanks Baili, I love that it is like a blank canvas, so many ways to prepare it. Take care!

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  20. Love roast cauliflower. Heck, any veggie tastes pretty darn good roasted, but I think cauliflower is special. Even people who don't like cauliflower -- like your husband! -- like it when roasted. This looks spectacular -- thanks.

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    1. That is so true John, my husband did like this roasted. I can't think of a veggie I don't like roasted either but I can't think of a veggie I do not like. Lol!

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  22. I've been wanting to roast a cauliflower with some Middle Eastern spices and you've given me that push I need to finally do it. This looks so delicious, Cheri!

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    1. Hi Robyn, oh it really is good and I would love to see what you come up with, everything you do is healthy and delicious. Take care!

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  23. Love this idea of roasting the entire cauliflower Cheri- I could eat the entire thing as a meal- wonderful!

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  24. My hubby decided that cauliflower was tasty after I started roasting florets. I have some in the fridge and will give your fabulous recipe a try---if Bill doesn't like it, I'll just eat it all myself :)

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  25. I've never roasted a whole cauliflower, but it looks so good–I need to try it!

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  26. Cheri, I became hooked on cauliflower during one of my low-carb diet stretches a few years ago :) What a pretty, low-carb side dish! Sounds really good :)

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  27. I've always been tempted to try a whole roasted cauliflower, but since we are only two, I have stayed away. I only ever prepare the cauliflower we can eat in one meal! Do you know how it reheats?

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  28. i haven't tried this method but i really like the prospect of not having little shards of cauliflower all over my kitchen as i try to chop it up raw... :)

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