Cauliflower with black garlic and sherry

October 6, 2010

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: I have been known to roast cauliflower in countless ways, but I really love how black garlic gently brings out the flavor of this most delicious vegetable. The pancetta is optional, but even though it dirties another pan I feel its completely worth it. - zest in the midwestzest in the midwest

Food52 Review: Cauliflower gets all grown up with a marinade made from black garlic and sherry and a showering of pancetta and parsley at the end of cooking. Black garlic, which is available for purchase at, adds a rich sweetness similar to cooked balsamic vinegar, and really elevates the flavor profile of the dish. Substitute roasted garlic cloves if you don't have black garlic on hand. - LaurenThe Editors

Serves: 2


  • 1 Head of cauliflower
  • 3 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sherry
  • 5 Cloves of black garlic, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon Unsalted butter
  • 3 ounces pancetta, La Quercia if you can get it
  • 1 tablespoon Parsley, finely chopped
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 f. Break the cauliflower into florets. Place in a large bowl.
  2. Add the black garlic, olive oil, sherry and butter to a blender or small food processor. Pulse until ingredients are well combined and garlic is finely minced.
  3. Pour oil and garlic mixture onto the cauliflower. Toss well to coat. Place cauliflower on a rimmed baking sheet that has been covered with foil. Arrange it on the baking sheet so the cauliflower forms an even layer. Season liberally with salt and pepper.
  4. Roast cauliflower for 40 minutes, turning florets halfway. While the cauliflower is roasting, chop the pancetta finely and brown in a skillet. Place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
  5. Remove cauliflower from oven. Place on serving plates. Top with parsley and pancetta. Serve immediately.

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AntoniaJames October 6, 2010
Wow, black garlic. I've never even heard of it, much less seen it. I learn something new and interesting (actually a lot of new and interesting things) here on food52 every day. This recipe is so appealing. Sherry + Pancetta!! Love it. Now, to find the black garlic . . . . ;o)