Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower seems to be under-appreciated.  I think most people think of two main things for it – raw as a snack or steamed with some butter or cheese sauce.  Not that there is anything wrong with either option (because I’m certain I have NEVER said no to a cheese sauce), but there really are so many options.  Soup, cooked and pureed for a great side, baked in a gratin, battered and fried, pickled, the list goes on an on.

For this, I roasted it with some olive oil, salt, and pepper.  The roasting brings out some of its natural sweetness, and then I mixed it with toasted walnuts, golden raisins, and sherry vinegar.  A great side or a nice addition to a small plates theme.

Great warm or at room temp

Roasted Cauliflower with Walnuts and Golden Raisins

  • 1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • olive oil

Toss cauliflower with some olive oil and salt and pepper and spread in one layer in a sheet pan.  Roast in a 400 degree oven for about 10 mintues.  Turn cauliflower and roast another 5 minutes.

Roasty Cauliflower

In the meantime, heat a saute pan over medium high heat.  Add walnuts and toast for about 5 minutes or until starting to smell fragrant.  Add raisins and toss for a minute.  Reduce heat to medium and add sherry vinegar.  Stir to combine and let cook down until nuts and raisins are well coated.

Combine cauliflower, walnuts, and golden raisins in a bowl with a few tablespoons olive oil.


14 responses to “Roasted Cauliflower

  1. Roasted cauliflower is delicious. The walnuts and vinegar have to brighten the flavor.

  2. I was just thinking about roasted cauliflower tonight for dinner! I love it. Maybe I’ll try this version for Thanksgiving.

  3. Wow, this looks delicious! I always forget about cauliflower – thanks for reminding me! 🙂

  4. I love cauliflower! I once had mashed cauliflower. The restaurant was too dim to tell it wasn’t mashed potatoes, so it surprised me…but in a good way! 🙂 ~Ruth~

  5. I totally agree that cauliflower is underappreciated! I think it’s because people have been scarred by overly mushy cauliflower. Roasting is my favorite preparation though.

  6. I love roasted cauliflower and the addition of sherry is brilliant.
    Btw, I’ve got a giveaway going right now that you might like getting in on.

  7. Cauliflower is a favorite in my house. This will give us a break from the usual serving with cheese sauce. Thank you for sharing.

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