The roasted cauliflower dish is very low in carbohydrate and perfect for vegetarians. Roasting a cauliflower brings out its sweetness. During preparation, it soaks up all the ingredients and oil but it becomes firmer and crispy.
Roasted cauliflower can be served warm or at room temperature and can also be served with several other delicacies. It can be part of an antipasto of roasted vegetables. Or an accompaniment to a roast chicken or lamb. And though they aren’t obvious choices, scallops and lobster, both naturally sweet themselves, are delicious with roasted cauliflower.
- 1 head of cauliflower
- Fresh thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 cups (1l) vegetable or chicken stock, more or less, depending on the size of the cauliflower
- 1/3 cup (70)g melted butter
- Fresh cracked pepper
METHOD OF PREPARATION
- Preheat your oven to 400ºF (200°C). Trim the bottom of the cauliflower and remove all the leaves and the stem, but without breaking apart. Give it a quick rinse and pat dry.
- Place the whole cauliflower in a pot and cover with stock, add fresh thyme and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and simmer for 12 minutes.
- Drain and transfer the cauliflower head in a cast iron skillet or any oven proof pan. Ladle a little of the cooking stock over the cauliflower then drizzle with melted butter on top. Sprinkle with fresh thyme and pepper.
- Roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of your cauliflower, until golden. Baste with cooking juice from time to time. Check with a knife, if it slides in easily, then it’s cooked. You can broil for an extra 2 minutes if you want to give it a bit more color, but keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.
- Remove from the oven and sprinkle with fresh thyme. Slice, and serve with an extra drizzle of the buttery cooking juices.
Note: For a Smokey non-vegetarian version, add crumbled bacon on top of the roasted cauliflower.