Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Oven Roasted Cauliflower

Want a vegetable side that is guaranteed to get your picky eaters to scarf down their vegetables? Want a recipe that has an ingredient list you can count with one hand? Want something that is a great side dish to almost any main course? Well...then keep reading :) Now...I just have to say....I love cauliflower. Love it steamed, raw, dipped in ranch, and most of all.....oven roasted. There is something about roasting a vegetable that brings out it's deepest and fullest flavors. Pair that with the simplicity of lemon juice, olive oil, parmesan cheese, and salt/pepper and you have a side that will sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

Now, start out with a vintage bowl you thrifted from a local thrift store :) Oh, and you might want to cut up a whole head of cauliflower into 11/2" pieces too.

Oh and another thing....preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Please and Thank you. Then gather up your ingredients. Salt, pepper, olive oil, parmesan cheese, and lemon juice.

Now pour about 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, and 1/4 cup olive oil on top. Shake your salt and pepper on top then give it all a good tossing.

Now spoon cauliflower mix into an oven safe dish.....theeeeeen maybe sprinkle a bit more of that wonderful parmesan cheesey goodness on top.

Now at this point your oven should be preheated...if not, wait until it is 400. Place your dish UNCOVERED on the top shelf of the oven and bake your white cruciferous vegetable for 20-30 minutes or until it reaches the desired texture. I like mine to be slightly tender and have a bit of a crunch so I only leave mine in for 20 minutes. A fork should easily be inserted when ready. Remove from oven and allow to cool a minute or two before serving.

Oh the roasty toasty veggie goodness of it all :) 

Oven Roasted Cauliflower

1 head cauliflower cut into 1 1/2" pieces
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour lemon juice and olive oil on top of cauliflower. Then sprinkle parmesan cheese and sprinkle salt and pepper over top. Toss cauliflower to spread oil, juice, cheese, and salt/pepper on flourets. Spoon into an oven safe dish then place on the top rack of your oven. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until cauliflower reaches desired doneness.


  1. Looks fab and I needed a reminder of a good way to fix cauli. It dawned on me this might even be excellent with cheddar cheese popcorn salt on it. Worth a try although I doubt that is GF...~Shar

  2. I made this last night & it's a very tasty recipe! the cauliflower's flavor is intensified by roasting it this way. Very good, will definitley do again, and it was the first thing gone on Cami's plate, a very good sign :)

  3. Yay!!!! Glad you and the family liked it :) Did you try the white cheddar popcorn salt? What a great idea :) Glad you checked back in to let me know what you thought of the recipe.