Mariel here. At first I hesitated about posting this – I mean, do you really need me to tell you how to make such a simple side dish? But then I remembered a time not so long ago, when I would call my mom or hit up Google for instructions on basic tasks like boiling water for pasta (does it need salt, should it be like champagne sparkles or full on bubbles) and measuring wet vs dry ingredients. I’ve come a long way since then, but every now and again it’s nice to revisit the easy stuff. And nothing is easier than roasting veggies.
The trick to getting a good roast is to ensure that the cauliflower is spread out on a large baking sheet so everything isn’t all mashed up on top of each other. Tight quarters = steaming and steaming = mushy vegetables. Room to breathe = roasting and roasting = caramelized. And everyone knows caramelized = delicious. So the formula is simple, as you just saw, but if followed correctly, the results are super tasty.
This is a wonderful side dish that pairs beautifully with the Sunday Dinner Roast Beef my mom posted on Tuesday – and as a double bonus, this also makes a great base for cauliflower soup. Just add a little chicken stock and/or cream, take it for a spin in the blender and call it a night.
Sweet and Smoky Roasted Cauliflower
Serves 4 as a side
1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets – $3.00
1 med-large sweet onion, rough chopped – $1.19
1 large (or two small) garlic clove, minced – stock
2 generous Tablespoons of olive oil – stock
Generous pinch of black pepper – stock
Pinch of brown sugar – stock
Dusting of salt (start with less, taste at the end) – stock
¼ teaspoon chile powder – stock
Grand total assuming well-stocked kitchen: $4.19
Cost per serving: $1.04
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, toss together all ingredients coating well.
3. Spread cauliflower onto a large baking sheet – make sure everything has a little space to itself, you want the veggies to roast not steam. Roast for 20-25 minutes until golden and tender. Taste and adjust salt according to preferences.