Cauliflower Casablanca

By MFeats
October 7, 2010

Author Notes: Yes, I have a thing for cheesy dish titles. But I love how well cauliflower stands up to strong flavors without ever seeming overwhelmed. Here I tried a slightly Moroccan take, that I think brings out the vegetable’s earthy and floral notes. I particularly love the pairing of the pucker-inducing preserved lemons with the candy-sweet roast veg. Be careful with the lemons, though, as they are extremely salty. Highly recommended with simply cooked lamb. Enjoy!MFeats

Serves: 2-4


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup olives - I like the black oil-cured kinds for this
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 3 scallions
  • 1 tablespoon pulp from a preserved lemon, minced


  1. Preheat the oven to 425. Cut the cauliflower into little florets, reserving the stems for stock. Toss with the cumin seeds, olive oil, and a bit of salt and pepper. Transfer to a roasting pan and roast until quite caramelized and soft, about 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, pit and tear up the olives, roughly chop the apricots + scallions, toast the almonds, and then chop them up a bit too.
  3. When the cauliflower is done and while it is still a bit warm, toss with the rest of the ingredients, reserving a few scallions and almonds for garnish. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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