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Roasted Whole Cauliflower with Garlic and Mustard Seeds

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Category: Vegetables

 Ingredients List

  • 1 lg Cauliflower, about 2-1/2 to
  • -3 pounds
  • 3 tb Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 ts Minced garlic
  • 1 ts Mustard seed
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 ts Salt, or less
  • Kale leaves, for serving
  • 1 tb Chopped parsley, or chopped
  • -chives
  • 8 Lemon wedges


Leave the stalk on the head of cauliflower but trim away the leaves; trim
away woody stem, making sure florets stay intact. Rinse cauliflower; let
drain; blot dry with paper towels.

Next, use foil to make a 'stand and bib' for the cauliflower: Cut off
enough foil to make a square sheet; use a baking sheet or shall pan and put
the foil on it; place cauliflower in center and crimp foil to hug base of

Combine oil and garlic. Gently warm on stove top or in microwave oven until
fragrant, but garlic should not brown. Strain oil through fine sieve,
pressing on garlic to get all oil. Discard garlic. Stir mustard seeds and
cracked pepper (as much as you like) in oil. (We did not strain; we like
garlic and left it in the oil.)

Set oven to 375F degrees.

Paint the head of the cauliflower: spoon warm oil mixture as evenly as
possible, or use a brush. Sprinkle evenly with salt to taste. Place in the
oven, uncovered, and bake until just tender (test center core with tip of
sharp paring knife), about 1 1/2 hours. (It will brown nicely; if it looks
dry, that's okay.)

Can be made 1 day ahead, cooled and refrigerated, wrapped airtight. Let
come to room temperature before using. Place in microwaveable dish. Reheat
in microwave oven on high power [100%] until hot, 4 to 6 minutes.)

To serve, place head in center of round platter layered with kale leaves.
Sprinkle with parsley. Serve hot in pie-shaped wedges, garnished with lemon

Generally makes 6 servings. Each serving contains about: 75 calories; 165
mg sodium; 0 cholesterol; 5 grams fat; 6 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams
protein; 1.01 grams fiber. A Special Dinner Vegetable Idea from: Abby
Mandel / "I'll Bring the Veggies" in LA Times' Good Cooking Section (22 Dec
96). "The whole cauliflower makes a spectacular presentation and serves up
nicely in wedges." This was given to me by a friend; and now I'm passing it
along. We made a half-recipe; served it with a Chicken Breast Fillet with
an Orange-Thai Sauce; and those dark (artifically) green petite beans.

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