Cauliflower. It doesn’t have to taste like hot steaming garbage.

C’mon. Admit it. Cauliflower is for the most part nasty. Right? Nobody ever wakes up in their right mind and craves cauliflower.

I remember eating it all the time as a kid. Super over boiled, with nasty cheese food aka “velvetaish” all over it. I mean really, at that point, why bother? Unless you like to torture your kids softly.

Mom? Can you hear me? Love you. I really do.

I also remember my day saying in his best Julia Child voice “Kill the cauliflower” (which I’m pretty sure she never said) as he unnecessarily chopped the cook white vegetable into inedible pieces.

Mom, I know you meant well, but still. It didn’t work.

So 25 years later. I’m here to prove cauliflower wrong. It does not have to be nasty. It can actually add value to your diet and provide a culinary explosion for your taste buds. In short, it can taste good, and you will crave it.

Below is the way I rock the cauliflower casbah. Go ahead, do it. I dare ya.

What you will need:

1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets

1/2 lemon, squeezed (I love this squeezer Cauliflower. It doesnt have to taste like hot steaming garbage.)

2 tbs. high quality olive oil

sea salt and pepper, to taste

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

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Ok, so start by throwing the squeezed lemon, olive oil, and salt n’ peppa! into a mixing bowl.

Whisk together then toss in the cauliflower.

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Lay the tossed flouretts out on a baking sheet (the DeMarle Silpat Cauliflower. It doesnt have to taste like hot steaming garbage. is my favorite baking/roasting gadget ever, everyone needs one) and cover with way too much grated Parmesan cheese.

 

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Place it all in a preheated oven at 450 degrees for around 28-30 minutes. Roast until edges are browned.

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The result? Cauliflower candy. For serious.

Roast and enjoy. You will never be the same. You’re welcome.

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  1. Mmmmmmm!

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  2. I just made a potato salad recipe with cauliflower instead of potatoes the other day!
    Yay cauliflower!
    I’ll make sure to try this!

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  3. Looks beautiful! And, um, where’d you get that lovely vintage plate?
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  4. I was actually today just wondering what to do with that large head of cauliflower in my fridge. Perfect!
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  5. I totally had to laugh out loud when I read your first few lines. This past week I’ve totally been craving cauliflower! It’s definitely a weird pregnancy craving, although probably the healthiest one I’ve ever had. I’ll have to try this recipe out, thanks for sharing! :)
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  6. try with olive oil, salt, pepper, curry powder and paprika–mix, toss, bake as above. And the kids HATE it–so more for us.

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  7. Stop it. If I actually like this I will be very impressed. I mean, I try to like the stuff but it just smells like feet. I can’t be the only one who has noticed.
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  8. funny cauliflower always as been a bit hit with our kids here, we like them raw with hummus, we steam them until just tender and pour my homemade fresh herb butter and crack peppercorn, bake it…. Ok now I need to go in our fridge and eat some more!!!!

    Love you

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  9. Ok, I might actually try this!
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  10. I truly love roasted cauliflower too. I found out how to do this by watching Barefoot Contessa several months ago. I even make it without the cheese and it is just as good. Glad to see others like it this way too.

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  11. I LOVE cauliflower! I am sure I will love this recipe!!!

    Steph
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  12. Ok this? looks so darn good.

    I am admittedly not a cauliflower fan AT ALL…but the Sluiters WILL be trying this. YUM!
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  13. I’m so excited, I almost want to cry, because I remember coming home from school to a house that stank (OMG is that even a word???) so bad of cauliflower, I wanted to cry. Boiled cauliflower, barf! But your EASY (meaning even *I* can make this!) recipe sounds GOOD! And maybe even my kids will eat another vegetable? I’ll have to try this. :)

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  14. ok, so does this mean that i’m totally weird for absolutely loving cauliflower? i love it steamed with nothing on it, roasted, raw with dip… but this? it looks over-the-top-delicious. looks like i have another dish to request from my man. or maybe i’ll give it a try, stranger things have happened.
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  15. “For serious.”…my favorite part. (I say it too.)

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  16. But what do you do about the gas?
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  17. ZOMG, you found my weakness. Roasted Cauliflower is DA BOM!! Granted, I like cauliflower any way you give it to me…the roasted w/ parmesan is the BEST EVER. I discovered its deliciousness a couple years ago…so amazing. Now I’m craving it, darn you.
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  18. Awww, yeah! That’s the only way I’ll eat it. Brussels sprouts, too.
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  19. That looks really good. Do the kids eat it too? If not? More for me! :)
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  20. Saving this one. We are always looking for good vegetable recipes.

    And, my favorite thing? It doesn’t include garlic or onions! Yum!

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  21. I’m gonna second the stinky-feet comment…but the Munchkins have been going through the Veggies-have-Cooties stage of late, so I may just roast up a few of these and see what I can trick them into trying!
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  22. I think that’s my favorite blog post title EVER. Also, that looks tasty. I actually really like cauliflower!

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  23. I love cauliflower! I actually eat all the time but especially love it raw or roasted. This recipe looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it :)

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  24. I love roasted cauliflower with just olive oil and salt and pepper!!
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  25. Soooo, basically what you’re saying is you’ve discarded the childhood Velveeta for more sophisticated, adult parmesan? I like the way you think! I’m all over this. Thanks.

    (I confess I love cauliflower raw. I know, I know…I’m a masochist.)
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  26. yes yes yes

    also — raw cauliflower is awesome.
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  27. I love cauliflower. I think it might be my favorite veggie, actually. And I agree with Rachel that it’s wonderful raw, too.
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  28. I just found this recipe through pinterest and made it tonight. It was wonderful! I added in some broccoli too, and it was a great mix. I will definitely be making this again soon. Thanks! :)

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