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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Simple Smoky Roasted Cauliflower...

Roasted Smoked Paprika Cauliflower... my new favorite way of eating cauliflower. 
~~Happy New Year to everyone!~~

I don't know about you, but I have a large container of smoked paprika in my pantry. I use it in lots of dishes, but somehow that container seems just as full as when I first bought it... ok, maybe not as full, but still plenty full. So every chance I get, I try to sprinkle some smoked paprika on dishes I can get away with... it doesn't help that I also have a large container of sweet paprika and another of hot smoky paprika:). In any case, I do like paprika! 

But one day, I happened to be in a hurry... needed to make a vegetable side dish for lunch. I think it's engrained in me to have some sort of salad or vegetable as part of our meals, otherwise I just feel guilty. In any case, I didn't have any fresh vegetables except for a lone cauliflower that I had bought to make something fancy:).... On the spur of the moment, I grabbed the cauliflower, the hot smoky paprika, a bit of oil, and a garlic clove... decided to roast it while I got the rest of the meal ready. Well, we loved it... and loved it so much that I made it again and again... though with slight variations.  

The roasted cauliflower is great as is, but it can easily lend itself to being made into a warm sort of salad... I love to add nuts and Parmesan cheese, but you can really be creative and add all sorts of other vegetables, from beans, grains, green leafy lettuce, cherry tomatoes, etc. Great way to make a salad using leftovers you may have in the fridge. I posted the simple version of roasting the cauliflower... with a second option of adding other ingredients, but you can easily use what you like and what you have on hand... including herbs of choice. Hope you enjoy...      

First Option:  
Note: You know, I loved eating this raw... even without roasting it. It was delicious and the smoked paprika and garlic were more prominent and not as mild as when roasted. So, if you like raw, that's another option. You can "bloom" the paprika  and "mellow" down the garlic by heating the oil in a skillet and adding the paprika along with the garlic and cooking it for a minute or so.  

1 head cauliflower
1/4 cup olive oil
1 garlic clove, grated
1 tsp smoked  hot paprika, or to taste (can use sweet smoked paprika)
salt and pepper, to taste
squeeze of lemon juice

Second Option:

3-4 TBS grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup toasted nuts of choice
1 red jalapeno, chopped, totally optional  
1-2 TBS lemon juice, or to taste 
2-3 bacon slices, sliced into strips, and cooked till crisp, optional 
extra olive oil, as needed

additional: if desired
cherry tomatoes, cut in half
olives, sliced

  • Place rack in top 1/3 of oven.
  • Preheat oven to 450 deg F
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
First and Simple Option:
1. Cut cauliflower in small pieces... 1 1/2 -2 inch pieces (or so). Place cauliflower florets in a large bowl.
2. Mix oil, smoked paprika, salt and pepper in a small bowl and pour mixture over the cauliflower florets. Toss to combine.
3. Arrange cauliflower florets in a single layer on parchment lined baking sheet. 
4. Roast at 450 deg F 15-20 minutes... or until roasted to desired doneness... checking halfway and turning cauliflower over. You can use the broiler  for a minute or so ...towards the end if you like.
5. Remove from oven and squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice all over the cauliflower.... to taste. Serve hot.

Second Option: For a different take, opt to add extra ingredients to the roasted cauliflower to taste.... and treat it as a salad of sorts. I added what I had in the house, but you can be creative... add garlic, some sauteed onion, some cooked chickpeas, roast some brussels sprouts along with the cauliflower, etc.

1. To roasted cauliflower, add Parmesan cheese, red jalapeno, toasted nuts of choice, crisp bacon strips(optional) and any other ingredients you like. Add a bit of extra lemon juice, if needed. If you've added enough lemon juice to the simple version above, you may or may not need to add extra lemon juice. 
2.Toss to combine and add extra olive oil if needed.... a drizzle or so to bring it all together .


Mary Younkin said...

I loved this cauliflower. Thanks for a great recipe! Have a blessed week.

Ellie said...

Oh, I am so glad you liked the cauliflower, Mary! Glad I shared it:)... sometimes the simplest of recipes are the best.

Thank you for sharing your feedback and letting me know. I really appreciate it!

Have a wonderful and blessed week as well.

JanTink said...

This was delicious. I was roasting some baby red potatoes at a lower temperature, so I just let the cauliflower go a little longer. It was quite delicious and joins my list of vegetables I love to roast including asparagus and brussel sprouts. Thanks!

Ellie said...

Jan, Oh, you are welcome. I am so glad you enjoyed it! What a great idea to bake them alongside the potatoes... a delicious combination, for sure. Thanks so much for your feedback. Really appreciate it!

Needful Things said...

My kids love cauliflower - so I had to stop and say what a good idea! I'll be trying this soon.

Ellie said...

Needful Things, I am so glad you stopped by... thanks! I sure hope everyone enjoys the cauliflower... even the kids:)! We really like cooking the cauliflower this way, so I hope you will too.

Judy Ball said...

Oh my goodness Ellie! Thank you soooo much for sharing this recipe! We have been trying to cut back on potatoes~this is a tasty substitute!!

Ellie said...

Judy, You are most welcome. I'm so happy you like the dish!

I, too, often try to find alternatives for the starches. Always on the look out for healthier choices:)...

Thanks so much for your feedback... made my day:)!