For Easter dinner I was tasked with “bring a vegetable”….first thought was boring, right?! Until I asked a girlfriend and she said google “genius cauliflower”. It is an entire head of cauliflower that’s soaked in a brine and roasted in the oven and than as if it couldn’t get any better you top it with a whipped goat cheese. My love affair with cauliflower just went to another level. I also made a pea and mint dish that was fabulous too but I think the cauliflower stole the show!
Recipe: From Domenica, Courtesy of Bon Appétit
Note: Whenever prepping the cauliflower head, pull back and discard the leaves and trim the core so that the whole head will sit flat on the roasting pan. Also, if you don’t care for the taste of wine, you can omit it; just add 2 ½ cups more water to the poaching liquid.
Roasted Cauliflower Ingredients:
2 ½ cups of dry white wine (optional)
1/3 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of kosher salt
3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon of crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 head of cauliflower, leaves removed
Whipped Goat Cheese Ingredients and Assembly:
4 ounces of fresh goat cheese
3 ounces of cream cheese
3 ounces of feta
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving
Coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 475 degrees
Bring wine (if using), oil, kosher salt, lemon juice, butter, red pepper flakes, sugar and 8 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Add cauliflower, reduce heat to a simmer, turning occasionally, until a knife easily inserts into the center, about 15-20 minutes.
Using a mesh spider, drain the cauliflower well and transfer cauliflower to a rimmed baking sheet (make sure there is very little liquid remaining in the cauliflower or else smoke could pour out of your oven and make your smoke alarm go off and your neighbors would very much dislike you.) Roast, rotating sheet halfway through until browned all over, 30-40 minutes.
Whipped Goat Cheese and Assembly:
While the cauliflower is roasting, blend goat cheese, cream cheese, feta, cream, and 2 tablespoons oil in a food processor or blender until smooth, season with sea salt and black pepper to taste. Transfer whipped goat cheese to a serving bowl and drizzle with oil.
Transfer cauliflower to a plate. Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt. Place a steak knife in the middle of the roasted head of cauliflower. Serve with whipped goat cheese.