Roasted Local Cauliflower
45 Min

Roasted Local Cauliflower

Last weekend on a tiny table at the farmers market, I noticed three unusual heads of cauliflower and the farmer beaming at me with anticipation. The heads were not fluffy white like the supermarket cauliflower, but a beautiful creamy tan with tight skinny florets and greenish-purple stalks. I could sense he had grown them himself and that they would be packed with flavor. At a time when cauliflower has been processed into rice or pizza crusts, it’s wonderful to encounter one with deep original unspoiled flavors. So next time you see a scrawny-looking cauliflower, look again. It may be the best one you will ever eat.

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Cook Time

45 Minutes



Step 1
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Step 2
Wedging a knife tip by the stalks, pull the cauliflower heads apart into large florets.
Step 3
Rub them with 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil and salt and lay flat on a baking sheet apart from each other. Place in the oven for 15 to 18 minutes or until they are golden brown and appear cooked through. Set aside.
Step 4
In a small sauté pan, heat the remaining olive oil and add the garlic. Turn the heat down and let garlic cook for 1 to 2 minutes on low heat. If the garlic appears to burn, take the pan off the heat. Add the mustard seeds. They will pop and sizzle; immediately take the pan off the heat.
Step 5
Spread the yogurt onto the bottom of a serving plate. Sprinkle pinches of salt and chili powder over it.
Step 6
Drizzle the popped mustard seed-olive oil mix over the yogurt and place the cauliflower on top.
1/2 small cauliflower
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus pinch
2 to 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1/2 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
Pinch of chili powder

Notes & Variations

  • The cooking time will greatly vary on the size of the florets, so larger cauliflower florets may take 20 to 25 minutes to cook.
  • This can be eaten warm, room temperature or cold.
  • To keep it dairy-free, switch out yogurt for coconut yogurt, but add the juice of one lemon.
45 Min

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