Sunday, November 30, 2008

Roasted Cauliflower with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan

I've been meaning to try this for a long time so I decided to throw it onto our Thanksgiving menu this year. It was okay, but I was fairly disappointed. We used fresh herbs and nice-quality cheese and everything. I felt like it was mushy and got cold really quickly. Maybe I'll try cooking it at a higher temperature to crisp it up. I don't know. I don't want to be disappointed with this recipe. Maybe I'll try it again. Everyone else seemed to like it though.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan
CL, November 2005

Use any fresh herbs you have on hand for this holiday recipe. While parsley, tarragon, and thyme make a nice combination, you can also try sage, chives, and rosemary.

12 cups cauliflower florets (about 2 heads)
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 450°.

Place cauliflower in a large roasting pan or jelly-roll pan. Drizzle with oil; toss well to coat. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes or until tender and browned, stirring every 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley, thyme, tarragon, and garlic. Bake 5 minutes. Combine cauliflower mixture, cheese, and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; toss well to combine.

Yield: 8 servings

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