Roasted Cauliflower

by Renee on December 27, 2012

Roasted Cauliflower | Magnolia Days

Have you had your fill of decadent holiday foods? Me, well, at least for a little while. I adore all the special treats of the season. It is not over yet because of New Year’s. However, balance is a good thing. It is why I choose to cook healthy meals or make salads often. One part of those meals is a side dish of roasted cauliflower. It goes with anything from beef, chicken, pork, and more.

Roasted cauliflower does not last long here. It was earlier in the day when I made this last batch. I wanted to get it done and photographed while there was some good light. (Darn these getting dark early days). I set the bowl on the counter after I finished taking photos. I looked up and there was my husband eating it for a mid-afternoon snack.

Roasting brings out flavors in vegetables. It gives cauliflower a bit of a nutty taste and is completely different than prepared any other way. I am sure even folks who don’t care for cauliflower would like it roasted. Perhaps, perhaps not…at least it is worth a try.

What is your favorite vegetable to roast? Carrots, green beans, parsnips, and asparagus are also on my list. And cauliflower is at the very top of that list.

Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Remove and discard the leaves and core from the cauliflower. Cut the florets into bite-sized pieces. Place the florets on a baking sheet and drizzle them with olive oil. (A light drizzle). Sprinkle salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese on the florets. Toss florets and then spread them out evenly on the baking sheet. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes until lightly browned and tender. Serve immediately.

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Jen @ Juanita's Cocina December 27, 2012 at 8:18 am

Yes, I think I’m due for a veggie! This will do just fine!

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Renee December 27, 2012 at 10:22 am

Thanks Jen!

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal December 27, 2012 at 8:23 am

Best way to eat cauliflower! yum

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Renee December 27, 2012 at 10:23 am

I totally agree Lane!

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Anita at Hungry Couple December 27, 2012 at 9:53 am

We love roasted cauliflower and I make it this way all the time. For us, even if we’re indulging, we still eat our veggies…maybe the good and bad calories due battle with each other? :)…and this dish isn’t deprivation because we really like it.

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Renee December 27, 2012 at 10:24 am

Oh yes, the good and bad calories battle and I think the good ones win and take out the bad ones. At least that’s what I keep telling myself.

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adam @unorthodoxepicure December 27, 2012 at 11:15 am

OK, roasted asparagus are at the top of my ‘roasted vegetable’ list, followed closely by Brussels sprouts. And you rate cauliflower above asparagus? I really must try this! I’ve seen it before (on blogs), but you have piqued my interest. Thank you!

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Renee December 29, 2012 at 9:32 am

Yes, I do rate cauliflower above asparagus. I have just recently begun to enjoy asparagus. I wasn’t a fan of it for a long time.

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Deb @ knitstamatic December 27, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Ah this is my favorite way to serve cauliflower! Before we were married my husband wouldn’t touch it…then I roasted it with some garlic and sprinkled on the parmesan cheese. He love it!

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Renee December 29, 2012 at 9:31 am

Same here. My husband would never touch cauliflower until after we were married and found out how good it is.

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Holly December 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Yeah- on foodgawker, what a nice photo! I just roasted cauliflower yesterday and made a nice soup for lunch today. Took photos and hope to post the easy recipe soon.

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Renee December 29, 2012 at 9:31 am

Great idea to use the roasted cauliflower in soup. I’ll make a double batch next time and give it a try.

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Kristi Rimkus December 28, 2012 at 10:16 am

A fellow Weight Watchers buddy turned me on to roasted cauliflower. She tossed it with Mexican season. I love the idea of Parm! Have a wonderful New Year!

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Renee December 29, 2012 at 9:29 am

I like the idea of using Mexican seasonings to make it a bit spicy.

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Katherine G December 28, 2012 at 9:10 pm

This sounds so delicious!! I am definitely going to have to try this

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Renee December 29, 2012 at 9:30 am

Thanks Katherine!

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Rossella December 29, 2012 at 9:26 am

I re-discovered roasted cauliflower recently thanks to an Ottolenghi recipe. They’re just a mum loved recipe, pretty similar to yours. I hadn’t tried before to replicate them by myself.

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Renee December 29, 2012 at 9:29 am

You should try it – it is so easy and good!

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Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies January 3, 2013 at 9:48 am

I seriously love roasted vegetables. This looks really fantastic! Love the parm on top!

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Renee January 3, 2013 at 10:08 am

Thank you Jen. I do enjoy the flavor the parm adds to the dish.

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