Oven Roased Cauliflower

October 3, 2011

Side Dishes

Cauliflower is one of the worlds most perfect foods…honest.  Granted its pale and pasty, has no color…but does that matter? Nope.  Cauliflower is bold, in your face, look at me food.  It makes you pay attention, it can steal the show from what ever cheese you try to drowned it with.  Cauliflower laughs at your attempts to mask it in other dishes and scoffs at being called faux mashed potatoes!  Cauliflower will not be tamed, it is the wild child that can run rampant and is expected to raise a stink.  It is great steamed with butter, blended into soup, raw on a salad, deep-fried with horseradish sauce, and reaches the heights of perfection oven roasted with a good stout Parm. a bit of olive oil and some black pepper.

This is one of those super easy recipes that can be tossed together and in the oven is less than 10 minutes.  While the oven works its magic on the flowerets you can pull together the remaining dinner components.  This recipe also works well with broccoli though cauliflower is the better of the two…By using frozen cauliflower you can enjoy this year round.  So let’s get down to work.

Oven Roasted Cauliflower~

1 16 oz bag frozen Cauliflower

1c Panko Bread Crumbs

1 c Good Parm (NOT the stuff in the green can)

1 to 2Ts Fresh Ground Pepper

1/4 -1/3 c Olive oil (I used garlic infused Olive oil)

As needed~

Kosher salt

In a large mixing bowl toss in the cauliflower, Panko bread crumbs, Parm, pepper and oil.

Give a good toss to coat the cauliflower.

Dump onto a foil lined baking sheet in a single layer topping with any stray crumbs from the bowl.

Yes get ALL of those tasty big on the pan!

Bake in a 350 degree oven for aprox 45 minutes or until browned.

Because the Parm is on the salty side hold off using the salt until after the cauliflower comes out of the oven and you taste it so that you don’t get an overly salty dish.  What could be more simple than that!

Now go play with your food.



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