Monday, June 22, 2009

Roasted Cauliflower with Stuff

Here’s a really delicious and simple way to cook cauliflower. Cut it up, roast it in the oven with cheese, onions and some spices, and add whatever protein you have on hand. It’s a low-maintenance meal-in-a-dish that can be as light or rich as you like.

Preheat the oven to 425. Cut up a large head of cauliflower. Place in a foil-lined pan. Add about 2 tbs. olive oil, a good shake of paprika, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir so the vegetable chunks are evenly coated.

Cut up a medium red onion into slices; dice ¼ pound bacon into 1-inch pieces. Add the onion and bacon to the pan. Roast for about 20-25 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so.

Remove from the oven and add cheese—practically any kind and any amount will work here. I added about ½ cup each shredded cheddar and diced havarti. Roast 10 more minutes, or until the cauliflower is tender but not overcooked. Add 1 cup frozen peas, and stick the pan in the oven for another minute or so, until the peas are defrosted.

Serve with good, toasted bread. This is also great over rice, especially when topped with a poached egg.


Rozmin said...

Does this work well with frozen cauliflower? My BF bought a 2 kilo bag and I am anxious to use up some of it.

Julia (alias Yulinka Cooks) said...

Rozmin--I'm not sure how to handle frozen cauliflower. Maybe just dump it in the oven and see what happens? I'd be concerned about it getting soggy and mushy if you defrost it first.

anya said...

Hey Julia!

Thanks for stopping by! I bookmarked your site(s) with a gritty intention of perusing through the archives, getting acquainted with you, and keeping in touch!! :)

You cauliflower recipe sounds top! I have a feeling that if cooked this way, broccoli would be an alternative. what do you think?

Julia (alias Yulinka Cooks) said...

Hi Anya--Thanks for commenting! I've been reading your blog on and off. Nice to see another Russian blog out there.

Broccoli would be good for this too, although it cooks much faster.

michelle @ TNS said...

loooove roasted cauliflower, esp with roasted with nice sweet onions.

the cheese never occurred to me. which is strange, because cheese ALWAYS occurs to me.

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