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Oven-roasted cauliflower florets

This is Week #50 of my 2011 cooking challenge! Click here to view all recipes from this challenge. All recipes created for this challenge come from the Food and Wine Annual Cookbook 2010: An Entire Year of Recipes.

I have always said that minus the first seven months of my life (WHICH MY PARENTS CONSTANTLY REMIND ABOUT), I was an incredibly easy child. I remember talking back to my parents, I don't know, TWICE. Seriously. My almost-five-year-old has been sass-talking every day of his little life since he turned three. I was what one would call a compliant child. I do not have many memories of being blatantly disobedient. And plus, as I ponder the great differences between my son and my younger self, I was a good eater from the beginning. I have always eaten my vegetables, and not because I wanted to please my parents. I adore vegetables.

One of my favorite veggies has always been cauliflower. I like it steamed, but my favorite preparation has always been crunchy and fresh. I have never, until now, roasted cauliflower, and I cannot believe what I have been missing! I loved the white, tree-like veggie before, but now I LOVE it.   

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. On a large rimmed baking sheet, place one 2 1/2-pound cauliflower cut into 2-inch florets. Drizzle the cauliflower florets with 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper and toss well.

Roast for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower is tender and golden brown. Transfer to plates and garnish with lemon wedges. 

Serve hot or at room temperature. Both are delicious, but the hot version won by a hair.

Back to my sass-talking, non-veggie-eating youngster who I love to pieces! 

Oven-Roasted Cauliflower Florets

Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables and this is one my favorite ways to enjoy it.

Contributed by Megan Porta from

Published Jan 19, 2012

Serves: 4

Total time: 40 min

Roasted Cauliflower


  • One 2 1/2-pound cauliflower, cut into 2-inch florets
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 lemon wedges, for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. On a large rimmed baking sheet, drizzle the cauliflower florets with the olive oil. Season them with salt and pepper and toss well. Roast for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower is tender and golden brown. Transfer to plates, garnish with the lemon wedges and serve hot or at room temperature.



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Reader Comments (6)

I love cauliflower too! ....and I love that plate! :)
This will be a yummy January dish! Thanks.

01.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

Love love love roasted cauliflower! There is a tapas restaurant that I like to go to with my girlfriends that sells it, and I always am tempted by it!

01.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDana

Yum I am totally trying to eat more cauliflower, I need to try this!

So easy and so good. Great alternative to the doused in cheese sauce version I usually enjoy.

01.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJo

These look divine! I'm on a new veggie kick, so this recipe is perfect!

01.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

Try to deep fry them! (blanch them and let them cool first. Sprinkle them with salt (Sumac optional) and a drizzle of lemon juice after. I actually like eating them in Pita and thin slices of Lemon.

02.26.2012 | Unregistered Commenterkk

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