Vegan Crispy Roasted Cauliflower

July 20, 2020
Author Notes

Day by day it seems as though cauliflower is replacing every essential food item known to man. Long gone are the days when pizza and rice were not sliced up pieces of cauliflower. Grocery aisles are now flooded with cauliflower alternatives that provide a low carb version to the staples of American cuisine. I even saw a recipe for cauliflower ice cream the other day. The horror.

Don’t get me wrong, cauliflower can be a decent pizza crust or rice, but there’s something about cauliflower in it’s elementary form that is hard to beat. This recipe isn’t making cauliflower something it isn’t. It’s just cauliflower. Simple as that. You get what you expect. Call me nostalgic for longing for the days when cauliflower was served as it should be. Without pretenses. Sure, there are spices that give it flavor and the roasting process makes it crispy and charred, but at the end of the day, you know what you’re eating.

I have found that the key to cooking cauliflower is to use a variety of spices and to roast the florets at a high temperature. The spices mask some of the cauliflower’s blandness and the high heat adds needed texture and crispiness. —Clara Etchegaray

  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 30 minutes
  • Serves 4
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
In This Recipe
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 F and assemble the cauliflower florets on a sheet pan.
  2. Mix together the spices along with the yogurt and olive oil until the mixture resembles a loose paste. Pour over the spice paste unto the florets until they are all completely coated. Add salt to taste.

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