Roasted Lemony Tahini CauliflowerPosted: October 8, 2011
I know that cauliflower may not be your vegetable of choice. I was in the same boat until I tried this cauliflower and oh my goodness now cauliflower might be my favorite food.
I’m not exaggerating. I wish there could be a scratch and sniff option on food blogs because if you could smell this cauliflower roasting in the oven, the scent of garlicky olive oil rising from the sauté pan, and taste the bright flavors of lemon and tangy tahini…wow, my mouth is watering.
The flavor combination of lemon, olive oil, garlic, and tahini is in my opinion-the best. Tahini is a sesame paste found in the health section of your grocery store. It’s popular in Greek and Lebanese cooking and has a nutty flavor with a creamy consistency. The cauliflower softens when roasted and when mixed with the other ingredients transforms into a melt-in-your mouth dish.
Seriously, everyone I’ve made this for has absolutely loved it. It will change your view of cauliflower forever and you’ll want to eat it every single day.
Adapted from Phoo-d
1 large head cauliflower, cut into 1-inch florets (about 1 1/2 lb.)
Pinch of Salt
4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tsp.)
2 Tablespoons tahini
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
5 Tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 425F with a rack in the top third.
Line a large cookie sheet with foil. Spread the cauliflower florets onto the sheet and drizzle 2 teaspoons of olive oil over the top. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and then mix the cauliflower around with your hands until well coated. Place the cookie sheet in the oven and roast for 12-15 minutes, until the cauliflower is fork-tender and beginning to brown.
While the cauliflower is roasting, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat. When the oil is warm, add in the garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes. When the garlic is fragrant (but before it begins to brown) stir in the tahini, lemon juice, 5 Tablespoons of water, and salt. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer the sauce for 1-2 minutes. Add the roasted cauliflower to the sauce and mix to combine. Serve immediately and be amazed.