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Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Chimichurri Sauce

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Chimichurri Sauce

This recipe for whole roasted cauliflower with chimichurri sauce is both stunning and substantial. Served whole, it's a perfect main dish for one or halved it's a lovely side or appetizer for two or four. 

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Chimichurri Sauce  - a delicious vegan side or main dish | Shiny Happy Bright
Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Chimichurri Sauce  - a delicious vegan side or main dish | Shiny Happy Bright

Cauliflower is in season year round, but it does peak in the fall. I'm sure we've all eaten overdone, boiled cauliflower and though it tasted like glue. Roasting it in an oven (or on a grill) is a gorgeous way to cook cauliflower because it brings out the flavor, caramelizes it ever so slightly, and makes it perfectly tender. 

Chimichurri is an Argentinian sauce typically used on grilled meat. The chimichurri topping is not absolutely essential, but it's a tangy, complementary flavor that does not dissapoint. Alternatively, I think a splash of garlic butter would also taste great with the cauliflower. 

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Chimichurri Sauce  - a delicious vegan side or main dish | Shiny Happy Bright

I hope you enjoy this healthy, hearty recipe! 


Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Chimichurri Sauce

Makes 1 main course or 2 side servings | Prep time: 3 minutes | Total Time:  1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients

1 whole cauliflower, leaves trimmed off

1/2 cup olive oil, divided

1/2 cup fresh parsley 

1/4 cup fresh cilantro 

3 tablespoons fresh oregano 

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 garlic cloves

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon paprika

 

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 C). 

Rinse the cauliflower, then use half the olive oil (1/4 cup) to coat the whole head, to and bottom, of cauliflower. 

Place in a cast iron skillet or baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and cook for 30 minutes. 

Remove aluminum foil and cook for an additional 60 minutes. The cauliflower will be golden brown when fully cooked. 

Meanwhile, in a small food processor, combine the remaining olive oil, herbs, garlic, and spices. Blitz till combined, but still slightly chunky. 

Remove cauliflower from oven and let rest for 10 minutes before topping with chimichurri sauce and serving. 

This fabulous method for cooking cauliflower, was inspired by Nom Nom Paleo's whole roasted cauliflower


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