Sometimes side dishes can get a little boring. I hate having the same side dish over and over again- dinner needs to be interesting! This roasted cauliflower is healthy but stil tastes delicious. I roasted it at 400 degrees to get it nice and crispy, like it had been deep fried, but without all that oil. (Of course you can deep fry it if you want, I won’t judge.)
Lemon zest and juice adds a nice sharp bite to the dish or you can add your favorite vinegar which will do the same thing. (Rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar would be great.) You can turn this side dish into a meal by tossing it with rice or another grain, and serving it with breaded pork or chicken cutlets.
Cauliflower is inexpensive but this dish gives it the upgrade it deserves.
I love the way these smell coming out of the oven. Fresh or dried herbs cooking in the oven make the whole house smell divine.
Roasted Cauliflower with Toasted Almonds and Raisins
Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Lauren Torrisi's roasted cauliflower with toasted almonds and raisins makes a fantastic side dish.
2 heads cauliflower
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1/2 cup raisins or currants
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut cauliflower into large florets and wash throughly. Dry and toss the florets in olive oil, red pepper, garlic, and thyme, and put on a sheet tray.
Put the sheet tray in the oven. The florets should take about 20 minutes to cook, but you'll know they're done when they have a nice golden brown color and a small knife goes through them easily.
While the cauliflower roasts, toasts the slivered almonds for a few minutes until a light brown color.
When the cauliflower is done and almonds are cool, toss together with the raisins. Add the salt, zest from 1 lemon and juice. Start eating!