Cauliflower Popcorn

Found a great recipe for Tim's favourite veggie underdog, the Cauliflower.

Cauliflower Popcorn calls for some ground baguette to add some texture but it's still really good even without the added carbs.

Stole this idea from www.101cookbooks.com, a very good site for all natural recipes.

 

1 medium head of cauliflower, washed
extra-virgin olive oil
scant 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cloves garlic minced
1 fresh red chile pepper, minced

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place racks in the middle.

Trim the cauliflower. Get rid of the big stalks and stems and strive for uniform, bite-sized little florets. Little trees.

In a big bowl toss the cauliflower with the sale, garlic and a few generous tablespoons of olive oil. Toss until the cauliflower is well coated and then place it in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. You are going to bake for about 25-30 minutes total.

There will be some residual olive oil in the big bowl you used to toss the cauliflower. If not, add another tablespoon or two. Add the garlic, and chiles. Mix.

After the cauliflower has been baking for about 15-20 minutes anything in contact with the pan should be nicely browned. Pull the pan out of the oven, rotate each piece of cauliflower so that another side will get some color. Return the pan to the oven and finish with another ten minutes or so. The cauliflower should be tender throughout and the outsides nicely toasted. Serve immediately, it really isn't half as delicious after it has been sitting on the counter getting cold.

If you want to work the popcorn angle, serve in little cups. Or I've even seen little, mini, paper popcorn containers at party stores. Kids seem more wiling try try good for you vegetables when you make them taste and smell really good and have some fun with the context.

 

Also from the same site, more cauliflower ideas:
http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/simple-cauliflower-recipe.html

 


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