Monday, January 18, 2016

How Does My Garden Grow: Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Hazelnut, Orange, and Saffron


Winter has finally arrived in North Florida and my garden remains utterly confused.  The garden pests feasted on young fresh winter greens with wild abandon, and procreated endlessly in the warmth of the sun.  War was waged in the garden and we emerged in victory when Old Man winter made an official appearance, and got the garden show on the road.

My main victory this garden season was my cauliflower.  Now, before you shake your head too much from left to right, hear me out. CAULIFLOWER ROCKS!  It needs a little extra attention but its blank canvas explodes in flavor with minimal effort.

I am a big fan of roasting vegetables.  All vegetables have natural sugars that when roasted come alive.  Cauliflower is no exception and it is dressed to impress, when the roasting flavors are orange, hazelnut and saffron.  The roasted cauliflower is returned to the oven, and steamed in coconut milk.

Next time you're at the farmers market or your local grocery store toss a cauliflower head into your basket and get your Veg feast on!



Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Hazelnut, Orange, and Saffron
Serves 4
Recipe from Vegetarian Times yummybeet.com

Ingredients:
1 large head cauliflower, green leaves removed
1 Tbs. roasted hazelnut oil or olive oil
1 orange, juiced ( 1/4 cup) and zest grated (2 Tbs.)
1 pinch saffron
1/4 cup light coconut milk
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
1/3 cup roasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Place cauliflower in large Dutch oven or other high-sided ovenproof dish.

Stir together oil, orange juice, orange zest, and saffron in small bowl.  Pour mixture over cauliflower, rubbing with hands to distribute evenly.  Season with salt and pepper, if desired.  Put dish in oven, and bake uncovered, 40 to 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk together coconut milk and 1/4 cup water in small bowl.

Remove cauliflower from oven, and pour coconut-milk mixture over top.  Bake 10 to 15 minutes more, or until cauliflower is tender.  Slice cauliflowers into quarters, and sprinkle with parsley and hazelnuts.

Enjoy!

26 comments:

Pam said...

Sounds delicious, Velva! I need to get some coconut milk and cauliflower from the grocery store, garden is snow covered! Thanks for the recipe.

Tina said...

I am a fan of cauliflower but my husband is not. However....I never tried roasting it. Maybe I will roast some for me and he may give it a nibble. Maybe he will like it that way. Hope so!

I bought broccoli, kale, strawberries and butter lettuce but this weather has me worried!

ALFREDA JAMES said...

This looks really delicious!!!

Mae Travels said...

You are lucky to have cauliflower in your garden, as I just read that the California weather is creating a shortage, made worse by a variety of fad diets that use a lot of cauliflower. You are lucky in fact to have anything growing in your garden: most of the country is freezing! That does look like a delicious way to prepare cauliflower.

Washington Post article: "Cauliflower is so hot right now you may not be able to afford it" --
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-once-ignored-cauliflower-is-now-as-popular-as-j-law--and-its-799-a-head/2016/01/15/5ef7e846-b867-11e5-99f3-184bc379b12d_story.html

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Rambling Tart said...

I honestly don't now why people dislike cauliflower so much. When cooked well, it's fantastic! :-) This sounds marvelous. :-)

We Are Not Martha said...

Awesome! It must be so nice having cauliflower right outside your door. It looks so delicious when roasted :)

Sues

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Scrumptious! Great flavours.

Cheers,

Rosa

Angie Schneider said...

I love it! Actually I just had some roasted cauliflowers and sweet potatoes for the dinner. Gotta try your coconut sauce.

Rhodesia said...

Velva I have all the ingredients in the house, guess what we will be having with some leftover turkey tomorrow :-) Yum yum. Hope all is well, Diane

grace said...

i happen to think that cauliflower just isn't worth eating unless it's roasted! coconut milk is a must-try addition!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I've seen a lot of roasted cauliflower recipes lately and yours looks the best to me! The color is beautiful.

Marcelle @ A Little Fish in the Kitchen said...

This looks delicious!! :)

Karen Harris said...

Gorgeous dish. Love all these flavors.

Liz Berg said...

Boy, the color is fabulous! I love roasted cauliflower but need to branch out and season with something other than plain salt and pepper. Thanks for the inspiration, my friend!!!

Roz Corieri Paige said...

I agree, Velva: Cauliflower rocks! We love it so much, we just nosh on it raw! I love this recipe and the saffron must make it extraordinary! I envy that you have a winter garden that is producing; mine isn't even planted, so I'm anxious for spring to get my hands in the dirt! Happy gardening and 2016!

Laura Dembowski said...

I am obsessed with cauliflower! I love roasting it, steaming it, and blending it into an Alfredo like sauce. It's the best. But I would welcome your Florida "winter" here in Michigan ;)

Nutribullet recipes said...

great post . thank you so much...

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Rocky Mountain Woman said...

love this flavor combo!

Bam's Kitchen said...

I bet this is super sweet and savory and crunch with the nuts and the roasting. I have not roasted a whole head of cauliflower before. This needs to get on my must try for 2016!

Sid Seapalmcooking said...

You just gave me another idea to use cauliflower with. Personally, I love just roasting it with a little EVOO and teensy touch of salt. Although I'm working on another recipe using Cauliflower as well.

Beth said...

Ever since I started roasting cauliflower, I've become a huge fan! It's the only way to serve it.

~~louise~~ said...

I'm so glad I didn't miss this recipe Velva. I've been on such a cauliflower kick lately! A whole roasted cauliflower makes such a glorious presentation! I'll be saving this recipe for sure!

Thank you so much for sharing, Velva...

Summer said...

I think I might like this if I try it! Looks so yummy ♥

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Chris said...

I need to make some for Alexis. She loves roasted carrots and I know she'd love this as much or more.

Ritu Ahuja said...

Wow!! This looks yummy :)

Tipper said...

Yum! I love cauliflower! I'll have to give this one a try : )

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