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Whole Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower (30 minutes!)

Whole Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower, ready in 30 minutes and drizzled with an addictive garlic butter sauce!

 

Whole Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower, ready in 30 minutes and drizzled with an addictive garlic butter sauce! Recipe from ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com

 

Whole Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower is such a show-stopping main or side dish. Perfect to serve at holiday parties or any weeknight meal!

So, okay, I know it may not seem like it…. but I am a vegetable lover. I know I love to post a lot of cookies and pies and cakes, but veggies are my jam.

Even when I was little, my favorite snacks were cut up watermelon or raw vegetables. I know, I don’t get it either but I am what I am.

One of my favorite veggies is cauliflower. My mom makes a kick butt broccoli and cauliflower casserole we have every holiday, I just can’t get enough!

 

Whole Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower, ready in 30 minutes and drizzled with an addictive garlic butter sauce! Recipe from ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com

 

But, I have never tried romanesco cauliflower until I tried this recipe, and… the verdict is in.. I love it! I honestly can’t really tell a difference between regular cauliflower and the romanesco variety but it is just so pretty!

If anything the romanesco variety is a touch milder in flavor.

I mean, just look how pretty:

 

Whole Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower, ready in 30 minutes and drizzled with an addictive garlic butter sauce! Recipe from ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com

 

See? Pretty.

And, such a perfect side dish or even main course to serve during the holidays! That green from the cauliflower, the red from the red pepper flakes, can’t get enough!

Can I use regular cauliflower if I can’t find romanesco for this recipe?

Yes, you can! I’ve made it both ways and they both came out so yummy!!

Ready in 30 minutes? I thought whole roasted cauliflower can take up to 2 hours!

You’re right, whole roasted cauliflower can take up to 2 hours. But, I’ve added a handy dandy little trick to take the cooking time from 2 hours down to 30 minutes!

Microwave. It’s a microwave. Surprise!

And, no. It’s doesn’t come out mushy… or weird tasting. It still has a little al dente bite to it and it’s just good.

I mean… garlic butter sauce, can you go wrong here? No.

 

Whole Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower, ready in 30 minutes and drizzled with an addictive garlic butter sauce! Recipe from ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com

 

Whole Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower Directions:

  • Cut off outer leaves of the cauliflower, and take out as much of the core as you can keeping the outer clusters intact.
  • Rub with olive oil and season with kosher salt. Microwave for 12-15 minutes.
  • Roast at 425 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Make butter sauce consisting of butter, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Serve sauce over warm cauliflower. Enjoy!

 

What I really love about this dish is that it’s easy, yet satisfying. If you are vegetarian you can make this as a main dish or use vegan butter and bam, a vegan main.

It is so good I would definitely make it for myself if you-know-who wasn’t in town for dinner. It is easily two portions for a main or 4-6 portions for a side dish and oh-so impressive!

Can you imagine bringing this baby out to carve along side a big turkey for Thanksgiving! Your guests will go nuts for this!

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Tools and ingredients used to make this recipe:

  • Baking dish. I love using this for chicken pot pie too!
  • Small skillet. For the garlic butter sauce but it comes in handy for anything from making eggs to other sauce and vinaigrettes.
  • Olive oil. I love keeping a big bottle on hand, I use it for roasting everything!

 

Whole Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower, ready in 30 minutes and drizzled with an addictive garlic butter sauce! Recipe from ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com

 

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Whole Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower (30 minutes!)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 -6 servings
Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com

Ingredients

  • 1 head romanesco cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt divided
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes or more if you like a kick!
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped fine
  • 4 cracks fresh black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut off cauliflower leaves and discard. With a paring knife, carefully remove as much of the stem as you can, making sure to keep the outer clusters in tact. Rinse throughly.
  2. Rub head of cauliflower with olive oil, sprinkle with half of the kosher salt. Place in an oven and microwave safe baking dish. In the bottom of the dish, pour 1/4 cup of water. Microwave on high for 15 minutes in 5 minute intervals. Cauliflower will be softened but not mushy.
  3. While cauliflower is in the microwave, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  4. Place baking dish with the cauliflower into the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes until browned.
  5. While the cauliflower is in the oven, make the sauce by placing a small pan over medium heat. Melt the butter, add in the garlic and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes. Take off the heat, add the remaming 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, parsley, and black pepper.
  6. When cauliflower is done roasting, pour the butter sauce directly on top, or cut into portions and spoon sauce over the cut portions.

 

 

Whole Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower, ready in 30 minutes and drizzled with an addictive garlic butter sauce! Recipe from ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com

 

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2 Wonderful Comments

  1. avatar
    November 11, 2017

    Wow, this looks amazing! Pretty sure I could eat just this for dinner! I love cauliflower!

  2. avatar
    Sandi says:
    November 11, 2017

    What a fabulous idea…I had no idea what to do with this type of cauliflower.

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