Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon and Parmesan

By Jeannette Ordas of Everybody likes Sandwiches

For the past week I've had a sorry looking head of cauliflower sitting at the back of my fridge. When I brought it home from the market it was bright white and full of possibilities, but it was growing little brown mottled patches and I needed a recipe idea, pronto.


Luckily someone on Twitter mentioned eating some roasted cauliflower with parmesan. Ah ha!! A plan was hatched. Luckily, it was a very simple recipe that yielded some seriously delicious cauliflower. 

First, I sliced off any off-colour bits then chopped my little friend into manageable slices, tossing it with a bit of olive oil, lemon juice, aleppo pepper and salt before throwing it in the oven. Once it was brown and caramelized on one side, I flipped the roast-toasty cauliflower pieces over and grated a good amount of Parmesan over top. Parmesan is key! A bit more oven time, and dinner is served. That's right, I ate a whole head of cauliflower for dinner. Weird I know, but laziness over took me and the end result was much more fantastic than I was expecting. 

Roasted this way, the cauliflower is rich and nutty with a nice helping of cheese. I think even cauliflower haters will enjoy this dish. Serve this with a green salad and a bit of protein...or just scarf it down before you can even think about anything else.

Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon and Parmesan
I kept it simple here, but garlic would also be a good addition. 

1 head of cauliflower, sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 teaspoon aleppo pepper (or 1/4 teaspoon chili pepper flakes)
a good grind of black pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Preheat oven to 400F. 

In a large bowl, use your hands to toss cauliflower slices with oil, lemon, pepper and salt. Place evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until brown on one side. Flip cauliflower and sprinkle with a good amount of Parmesan cheese, return to the oven to bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and eat up.

Jan Halvarson


Fondly, Caitlin said...

Cauliflower haters? Do such creatures exist? ^-^
Sounds delicious!

robin said...

My children and I bought a head of califlower this week for this very recipe - they LOVE it (and I love any vegetable recipe they love!)