Roasted Cauliflower with Breadcrumbs and Fried Rosemary

December 18, 2022

(Cavolifiore al Forno con Mollica di Pane e Rosmarino Fritto)

There’s something about cauliflower that is irresistible to me. As a kid, I ate next to nothing and while I remain fussy to this day, cauliflower was always something I loved. Its cancer-fighting properties were always second place for me as a child, but something I value now. In this dish, roasted cauliflower shines with a creamy inside and crunchy edges topped with crispy-fried herbs and breadcrumbs for a dish I could eat…and eat…and eat.

Makes 3-4 servings

Ingredient List:

  • ½ large head cauliflower, sliced into ½-inch thick slices
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh rosemary, remove leaves from stems
  • ¾ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • ¼ grated frozen lemon

Step By Step Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Arrange the cauliflower slices on a baking sheet, avoiding overlap. Drizzle generously with olive oil (use about 1/3 cup) and sprinkle lightly with salt. Bake, uncovered for 45 minutes or until the cauliflower has browned at the edges.

While the cauliflower cooks, heat the balance of the oil in a small skillet. When the oil is hot, fry the rosemary leaves until crispy, about 45 seconds. Transfer to a parchment-lined plate to drain.

When the cauliflower is ready, transfer to a serving plate. Mix the breadcrumbs and fried rosemary together and sprinkle generously over the cauliflower. Grate frozen lemon over the top of the dish and serve immediately.

Cook’s Tip: Keep 1-2 lemons in the freezer in a plastic bag. When a recipe calls for juice of zest simply grate the frozen lemon in place of fresh juice and zest for an amazing lemony kick.