Nutty Caramelized Cauliflower


by Nov 11th, 2010 // Dinner

Nutty Caramelized Cauliflower

Nutty Caramelized Cauliflower

I do understand your reservations. Cooked cauliflower is often tasteless, soggy and bland. But I urge you to give this veggie just one more shot before you write it off forever.

Nutty Caramelized Cauliflower

When cooked properly, cauliflower is so sweet and nutty that I could eat an entire bowl for dinner. That’s exactly what I did tonight. My kid ate some too. (He thinks it’s white broccoli. Almost too easy!)

Nutty Caramelized Cauliflower

It makes for an excellent Thanksgiving side dish because it keeps its good looks and delicious flavor even as it cools down. You don’t have to worry about pulling it out of the oven right before you sit down to eat. I love a good veggie make-over story. Now for the recipe…

Nutty Caramelized Cauliflower Recipe

Thanksgiving Planning: Make 1 day ahead and serve at room temp
or cook Thanksgiving day and serve warm.

Prep Time: 5 mins  Cooking Time: 30 to 35 mins

2 large heads cauliflower (cut into florets)
olive oil
kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place cauliflower in a large bowl, drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Spread out on a baking sheet and cook for 30 to 35 minutes flipping them half way through to get them evenly browned and caramelized. Return to bowl and toss with salt and pepper to taste. Add pine nuts and serve immediately or at room temperature. Serves 6.

Nutty Caramelized Cauliflower

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53 Comments on “Nutty Caramelized Cauliflower”

  1. 1.) buddysaves
    November 11th, 2010

    Those sound really good. I usually avoid buying cauliflower, but I have to give this a try!

  2. 2.) Mariela
    November 11th, 2010

    Hmm I can just imagine the immense flavor it delivers by roasting it ,thanks for the great idea!

  3. 3.) Vicki
    November 11th, 2010

    I LOVE Cauliflower! This is different but I may have to try it!!

  4. 4.) Stacee
    November 11th, 2010

    Broccoli and brussels sprouts are also really great this way. You can even use frozen ones.

  5. 5.) Smalls6464
    November 11th, 2010

    That sounds really good, I think I will have to try it.

  6. 6.) Dana
    November 11th, 2010

    I love cauliflower! My mom usually sticks with roasted brussel sprouts for Thanksgiving, but I may convince her to add this to her repertoire!

  7. 7.) Julia
    November 11th, 2010

    My mom LOVES cauliflower… this would be a great (and easy) surprise treat to make for her on Thanksgiving!

  8. 8.) janelle
    November 11th, 2010

    oh my oh my….this looks DELICIOUS!

  9. 9.) Michelle
    November 11th, 2010

    I can not wait to try this recipe this weekend! It looks so yummy!!!

  10. 10.) dclownfish03
    November 11th, 2010

    Yum. My son tells me "cauliflower tastes like candy" and "it's my favorite veggie". Thanks for another way to use it!

  11. 11.) deebo
    November 11th, 2010

    mmm, this DOES look really good. i dont think ive ever cooked cauliflower in my life..

  12. 12.) Amy
    November 11th, 2010

    Yum, I'm going to try this tonight!

  13. 13.) adamzurn
    November 11th, 2010

    I love roasted cauliflower. I'll have to try adding the toasted pine nuts.

  14. 14.) stacie
    November 11th, 2010

    Cauliflower is an awesome veggie. Love it roasted and mashed up with potatoes!

  15. 15.) Sylvia
    November 11th, 2010

    LOVE cauliflower!! We are going to try this one!!

  16. 16.) Anna B.
    November 11th, 2010

    I am so trying this, like, tomorrow!

  17. 17.) Jeannette
    November 11th, 2010

    I love the addition of pine nuts in this recipe. I've made cauliflower like this before, and added paprka to it for a nice spicy flavor. Yum! Do you think it would work to roast these on a cooling rack inside the baking sheet, so you don't have to toss them halfway through the cooking time? I've done that before when making french fries, and it's super easy.

  18. 18.) Ashley
    November 11th, 2010

    I really like cauliflower, but I think you just gave me a way to get my husband to like it too. Thanks!

  19. 19.) Kim - Liv Life
    November 11th, 2010

    Another wonderful recipe!! I just found your site and am thoroughly enjoying it! You've got quite a little helper!

  20. 20.) yoko
    November 11th, 2010

    Love this and make it all the time! Also, have you tried this with the Orange and purple variety?

  21. 21.) souzalito
    November 11th, 2010

    Sounds delish!

  22. 22.) Wendy
    November 11th, 2010

    This is my favorite way to eat cauliflower! In fact, I think I said the same thing in one of my posts, that I could eat a whole bowl full. Have you tried it with any other spices, like curry powder?

  23. 23.) Susan
    November 11th, 2010

    Ahh…the secret is to make TWO heads of cauliflower–I also could eat a whole one by myself!

  24. 24.) debbiejl
    November 11th, 2010

    I love roasted cauliflower. Its also good with a little balsamic vinegar drizzled on top!

  25. 25.) katyhaltertop
    November 11th, 2010

    Just recently discovered I like "white broccoli" too! Especially with some fresh parmesan on them.

  26. 26.) Julie
    November 11th, 2010

    I love this recipe – I can't wait to try it. Normally we use cauliflower in recipes with strong sauces, like Indian food, because it's too bland to eat steamed. I'll definitely give this a try (not sure about my kiddos, but I will try to get them to give it a chance!).

  27. 27.) Macki
    November 11th, 2010

    The picture is making my mouth water.

  28. 28.) Miranda
    November 11th, 2010

    I Always forget about cauliflower. I love it though. Thanks for the reminder

  29. 29.) andy_b
    November 11th, 2010

    This sounds easy and delicious! I'll have to give it a try this week. Thanks for sharing!

  30. 30.) Esther
    November 11th, 2010

    Oh, I always want to love cauliflower and never do!! Thanks!

  31. 31.) Ashlie
    November 11th, 2010

    I love cauliflower, but I've never roasted it like this, it looks absolutely wonderful! I have a whole head in the fridge right now, I don't think I can wait until thanksgiving to try out this recipe – I'm making it tomorrow night!!!

  32. 32.) JehanP
    November 11th, 2010

    Thank you for giving cauliflower some color because I hate the whiteness, I can see myself eating this.

  33. 33.) Whitney M
    November 11th, 2010

    Glad you acknowledged that some do not like cauliflour. I am definitely in that category but am going to try this recipe nonetheless!

  34. 34.) Nicole
    November 11th, 2010

    i love cauliflower no matter how it's cooked (or not cooked). a great one to add to the recipe box!

  35. 35.) Carrie
    November 11th, 2010

    I make something similar but saute cauliflower in olive oil and a tad bit of butter. Then add some garlic cloves cut in half. Saute until cauliflower is browned and caramalized and then put in a greased dish, drizzle with a little more olive oil and pop in the oven for another 20 minutes or so. So yummy! I love the addition of pine nuts to it also! I actually just made it tonight! I wish I would have seen this post before so I could have tried with the pine nuts! Oh well, next time!!!

  36. 36.) amanda
    November 12th, 2010

    love this! this is how i always make my 'white broccoli' but i usually like to throw on some fresh grated parm and a squeeze of lemon as soon as it comes out- yummy :)

  37. 37.) Katrina
    November 12th, 2010

    I don't usually like cauliflower but I might have to give this a try :)

  38. 38.) Megan
    November 12th, 2010

    It looks fantastic.

  39. 39.) szkent
    November 12th, 2010

    My picky 2 year old actually loves roasted cauliflower. I didn't even think about making it for Thanksgiving! Am going to add it to the menu now.

  40. 40.) paulajakobs
    November 13th, 2010

    Looks good. My mom makes breaded cauliflower that she sautees in a pan, that's delicious too.

  41. 41.) AdrianeinNH
    November 13th, 2010

    Yes please! I have a whole head in the fridge just waitIng for some inspiration. Thanks!

  42. 42.) Becky
    November 15th, 2010

    I just discovered roasted cauliflower this past year, and I'm in love. Add some roasted brussel sprouts and I'm in heaven.

  43. 43.) Anna B.
    November 16th, 2010

    Ok, so I just made this, & it's freaking amazing. Kidlet hasn't tried it yet, but it will be part of tomorrow's dinner (if it makes it that long- decidedly less than intended ended up in the container.)

  44. 44.) Kathleen
    November 16th, 2010

    I've been roasting my cauliflower for 15 minutes, but tonight I'm going to try and be patient and go for 30 instead, because this looks *gorgeous.* The pine nuts sound like a tasty addition, too.

  45. 45.) Rebecca
    November 17th, 2010

    I was about the give up trying to get my little one to eat these, but now I still have some hope!! I think she might really go for these. Thanks!!

  46. 46.) Amanda
    November 20th, 2010

    Made this tonight and my toddler and cleared half the pan ourselves before it made it to the table. Yummy! Thanks for sharing.

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  49. 49.) Francesca wood
    November 21st, 2011

    Love this! Tastes like popcorn almost!

  50. 50.) Megan Serrano
    March 15th, 2012

    I will be trying this tomorrow night for dinner. I have had it before and loved it but wasn’t sure how to prepare it. Thanks for sharing.

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