Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic

Hey you. Don’t you turn up your nose like that.

This is what I said to myself when I opened the fridge to be greeted by a two-week old head of cauliflower. It is a head, right? Or is it a bunch? I don’t know. I left it sitting in there for two weeks. Unused. Unloved. Unrecipeed.

And I asked myself, why had it taken me two weeks to unwrap that head of cauliflower?

And I answered myself, because no one else really likes cauliflower. And sometimes I don’t. Even though once I eat it, I always do.

There wasn’t a lot of good grammar going on in that prior sentence, was there?

Anyhow, I told myself (seeing as how I was apparently the only one desiring a discussion on cauliflower) that it was high time we love on cauliflower the way we love on cupcakes. Because cauliflower loves us, people. It tries to help us fight cancer. And eat low cal. And when it’s roasted with garlic, it tasted like a dream.

Which is why I’m blogging with a battle cry. Let’s band together for cauliflower. Rather than snubbing our veggies, let’s leave comments and praise them. Let’s tell cauliflower how much we cherish it’s little white soul. A thousand comments for cauliflower. That’s what I’m asking for today.

And if you’ve made it this far, well then, you should be rewarded. Offer up a comment to Ye Almighty Cauliflower today on our way to our 1,000 strong, and I you shall be eligible for a Cauliflower Power tshirt. Why? Because it’s crazy random cute and I made up a veggie-based movement at midnight tonight and needed something special to seal the deal.

You ready? Comment. Just say it. Just roast it. Just eat it on a silver fork.

Cauliflower, we love you.


Roasted Garlic Cauliflower


1 head of 2-week old cauliflower (or not 2-week old cauliflower)
2 giant cloves fresh garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
sea salt & pepper
shredded smoked cheddar or bleu cheese crumbles
parsley and/or bacon bits


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Clean and cut cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. Spread onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil and chopped garlic over the top. Salt and pepper to taste. Toss in the oven and allow to cook until the cauliflower is golden brown around the edges, about 30 minutes. Serve topped with cheese, if desired. Love.

47 Responses to “Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic”

  1. Heather Morrison says:

    I do love cauliflower and have my entire life. I have great memories of sitting on the kitchen counter, I sat there until I was teenager, while my mom made a salad and I would pick all the cauliflower out of it before it even made it to the table.

  2. Jessica says:

    This sounds amazing! I just picked up a bunch of cauliflower at the farmers market…and now I know what I have to make!

  3. Emily says:

    Haha sounds good, might want to check the ingredients for the recipe however, 1 head of two week old LETTUCE doesn’t sound so appetizing haha

  4. Stasha says:

    This is how I cook my broccoli!

  5. Katrina says:

    I looove cauliflower! It’s such an underused veggie!

  6. Bev Weidner says:

    I frickidy lurve the cauli. Roast it, oh Lordy Lord. Braise it in cream? Stop it now. Shove it in my mouth with parmesan, basil and pine nuts? UH. HUH.

  7. Kristi says:

    My husband had never had cauliflower until we got married. Which is a shame because it means he missed out on nearly 30 years of this awesome vegetable. In soups or casseroles, covered in cheese, roasted or baked, even fried…it’s basically a perfect food.

  8. Jessen says:

    Are you Kidding me?? I grew up eating cauliflower every week for 35 Years! My family is Palestinian, so we made Maklooba With 4 Heads (YES, 4 LARGE HEADS) and Lots are garlic, TONS of sliced onions, rice and Lamb or Chicken was the meat used. It is Delicious! I love cauliflower. Fried cauliflower Patties are yummy too

  9. Haley Jolley says:

    Well you may have converted me! I never buy cauliflower because I know it will sit in my fridge until I finally give it to someone who will use it. Here’s to never doing that again!

  10. Betsy says:

    Dear Cauliflower: Though you appear to be the unloved, unwanted step-sister of the more popular veggies like carrots and lettuce, it isn’t true! I adore you! I learned to love you from my mama, who made sure you were present in each salad and veggie tray she would whip up. (She also introduced me to the worship-worthy tastiness that *are* brussel(s?) sprouts, but I digress. One underappreciated veggie at a time!) You are delicious raw (plain, or with dip) or cooked. In salads, by yourself, in a mix with carrots and broccoli (that last mix being especially tasty drowned in a homemade cheese sauce…)

    Steamed, with salt, pepper, a soupcon of Mrs. Dash’s seasoning and butter? Delightful. Try a piece of raw cauliflower with a Ritz cracker sometime. Don’t ask, just do. :-) And as a substitute for mashed potatoes? Fahgeddaboutit. You deserve every loving comment you receive!

    (Side note – I think I have a platonic girl crush on commenter Bev. I hope this doesn’t entirely weird her out.)

  11. Jaimee says:

    I love me some cauliflower but in all honesty, I’ve never really tried it any way but raw… this will be yummy. I just know it! :) Thanks for expanding my horizons once again!

  12. Jessica says:

    Cauli-flower, I want to stand up and holler….. (unashamed to be quoting the Doodlebops)
    Somethered in cheese sauce? Come on people!

  13. Steppanie says:

    I feel your pain cauliflower. Raw or cooked, I love the white flower…

  14. mel Tardy says:

    so just wondering if you meant to say “lettuce” in the recipe?
    And, I’m NOT a lover of cauliflower, but always wish I could be. Just like Broccoli…just …cant…do…it.
    But I’ll give it a try for the kiddos!

  15. Elise says:

    My husband says cauliflower looks and tastes like brains. Poor man.

  16. Lindsay C says:

    Ode to the Cauliflower, I like this revolution. Throw some cumin in the mix and I’m a happy chick… :)

  17. That cauliflower looks delicious! I prefer cauliflower smashed (like potatoes). It’s SUPER delicious that way!

    And thank you to @Bev for her awesome ideas – they sound divine!! Braised in CREAM? I’m starting to salivate . . .



  18. Kalyn says:

    I’m a fellow cauliflower fan, but I doubt we will ever get it in the top ten veggies list for most people!

  19. Jessica says:

    I love cauliflower. Growing up, my mom would dip it in egg, then Italian breadcrumbs, and then pan fry it in olive oil….Um, Yum, what is not to like? Your recipe sound delish!

  20. Melrose says:

    dear Cauliflower,

    I have always been a longtime lover of yours, even though my bf claims you taste like feet.
    you are delicious oven roasted with tumeric and curry powder, and even more so when you’re battered and fried… but then again, what doesn’t taste delicious battered and fried?
    Now I will have to try you in this format. Yum.

    Your longtime friend,

    Mel xoxo

  21. Kelly says:

    I love cauliflower (as long as it isn’t raw). We grew up with it so I suppose it was never a strange and scary veggie to me. But it is awesome, steamed, roasted, stewed, so many ways!

  22. Jessica says:

    I have loved cauliflower since I was a little girl. Raw, roasted, smothered in a homemade spicy cheese sauce… Any way you eat cauliflower is a good way!

  23. Carrie says:

    You are my good friend even though I am not always so kind to you. I allow you to wither and mold. I ignore you. Turn my back on you. I’m sorry.

    I will honor you by roasting you with garlic. Do you forgive me? Thanks!

    Besties always!

  24. Kendra says:

    I just don’t think I can jump on this bandwagon – as much as I want to because there are a lot of cool people standing up for cauliflower. But my mom told me never to cave to peer pressure. : )

  25. STH says:

    Hey, just had cauliflower for dinner! Leftovers from last night–roasted curried cauliflower, brown rice, and vegetable samosas. NOM!

    Will have to try this soon!

  26. Beezus says:

    I do love cauliflower, I do, I do, I do! :)

  27. Melissa B. says:

    Here’s a haiku for cauliflower (not sure – in some areas of the country, cauliflower may have fewer syllables. here, it has 4 :)) –

    yum cauliflower
    so deliciously perfect
    roasted is the best

    • Brooke says:

      You didn’t. You made a haiku for cauliflower.


    • *There are certainly a lot of details like that to take into consideration. That is a great point to bring up. I offer the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where the most important thing will be working in honest good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged around things like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Both boys and girls feel the impact of just a moment’s pleasure, for the rest of their lives.

  28. Lisa says:

    Goin’ back to cauli, to cauli, to cauli!!! Delish!

  29. Alzbeta says:

    Oh, cauliflower, I will try, I will. I want to love you, and isn’t that almost as sweet as loving you already?

  30. Marcia says:

    I love to roast cauliflower with sweet potatoes and onions too. I have been passing the colored cauliflower in the grocery store and thought it would make a lovely roasted salad.

  31. Carolyn says:

    Love the cauliflower! Roasted is great, but my absolute favorite is the broccoli/cauliflower salad my mom makes. 1 head broccoli, 1 head cauliflower, bacon, cheddar cheese, and toss all together with coleslaw dressing. Trust me. This kicks the socks off potato salad anyday.

  32. Leanna says:

    I made Aloo Gobi last night with potatoes and cauliflower and coconut milk. It was so delicious, mostly in part to the humble cauliflower. Thanks man, we love that we can count on you!

  33. Reenie says:

    FYI….broccoli, fresh green beans, stop-light peppers, yellow squash, zuchinni, okra and even brussels sprouts, are sooo good done this way =) Try em’ ;)

  34. Sarah says:

    My husband is not a fan of cauliflower and I ashamedly admit, I never made it for my kids until just recently. I used a recipe similar to yours but added some curry powder. Lo and behold, not only did my husband and kids eat it, but they asked for seconds. That. Never. Ever. Happens in my house.

  35. Jenny says:

    Cauliflower is wonderful when done right, and I can’t wait to try this recipe and serve it right to the fam!

    Cauliflower is also really great cooked in a pan with Indian spices (cumin seeds, mustard seeds, lots of garlic and ginger, garam masala and a little cayan) or roasted and turned into blended soup with a head or two of roasted garlic. Roasted garlic makes EVERYTHING better.

  36. Aggie says:

    You are so funny. I have the same type of relationship with cauliflower. I buy it with good intentions, then it sits. I actually roasted some last night with big crushed cloves of garlic and goat cheese. It was heavenly. And apparently I was told by my kids that they loooooooove cauliflower. WHO KNEW?

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