Doesn’t get any easier than this homies, and its pretty fast to make as well. You can whip this puppy up and get it on the table in about 20 minutes if you don’t dilly dally.
This cheesy tasting (thanks to NOOCH) roasted cauliflower makes a great snack, a take along for a pot-luck, or a tasty side dish for whatever you may be serving. And you should know, as much as I think cauliflower looks like albino broccoli (which I explained in detail in this post), even I like this and ate the equivalent of about one-third of it. Way more than one serving.
Trust me, no one was more surprised than I.
Take a look at the finished product.
It’s ridiculously easy. First you place the nutritional yeast, salt, and cayenne pepper into a large plastic bag.
Then you wash and break up the head of cauliflower into little florets. I used a knife and cut off the tough ends of the stem. Shake them around to coat the florets thoroughly. Since they were slightly damp, the spice mix should adhere to them very nicely. Lay them out on a well-oiled baking sheet.
Pop pan into a preheated 400 degree oven, and roast for 15-18 minutes. Be sure to move them around at least once so they will roast more evenly. Cook until you see crispy brown edges, indicating that the cauliflower is well roasted but not burnt. Notice the little dark brown bits in the picture below? That’s what you want to see. Depending upon your stove, this may take only 15 minutes, or as long as 20.
I put the extra out on the table, just to see who would try it in a house full of people who don’t like vegetables.
Well, unless there are Cauliflower Eating Elves sneaking into the house after midnight, they loved it. I’m telling you, not a single piece was left from that huge head of cauliflower when I woke up this morning. That means it’s a winner around here and this is a tough crowd when it comes to vegetables.
With that endorsement, I say give this recipe a try and report back. Feel free to share a picture of your creation.
- 1 large head cauliflower
- ½ cup nutritional yeast flakes
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- Spread oil around on baking sheet and set aside.
- Start preheating oven to 400 degrees.
- Place seasonings into a large Zip-lock type bag.
- Wash cauliflower and break apart into florets no larger than 1-1/2 inches across.Try to make them as uniform as possible. With a knife remove any thick core stems.
- Put cauliflower into plastic bag and shake well. Rub around to make sure each piece of cauliflower is coated with seasoning mix.
- Remove seasoned cauliflower from plastic bag and place on oiled baking tray.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes, or until edges are a golden brown.
- Serve hot for best flavor.