Delicious Vegetable Recipe: Irresistible Roasted Spiced Cauliflower 'Candy'
Roasted vegetables even kids love to eat!
A friend gave me this cauliflower recipe, saying her kids call it candy, and that it is the one vegetable dish they BEG her to make.
This roasted, spiced cauliflower recipe is extremely simple to make, and even people who say they do not like cauliflower, or who don't like veggies period, tend to like this spiced cauliflower dish.
I have made it for dinner parties, to rave reviews. I have made it for myself only — also to rave reviews. Though the recipe calls for one head of cauliflower for 6 servings, I like to roast two heads of cauliflower, as this dish tastes great as leftovers and is a fabulous healthy snack to have on hand.
Ingredients for Spiced Cauliflower Candy
- 1 large head of cauliflower (about 3 lbs), cut into florets
- 4 T unsalted butter, melted, or same amount if olive oil (I recommend using a mixture of butter and olive oil, and play with it, but often you can use less than the 4 tablespoons)
- 1 t sugar
- 1/2 t sea salt
- 1/2 t freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 t hot paprika
- 1/4 t cinnamon
- 1/2 t ground coriander
How to Prepare Spiced Cauliflower
Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
In a large bowl, toss cauliflower with butter or oil or butter-oil mixture, coating evenly.
In a small bowl, combine sugar, salt and spices. Sprinkle onto cauliflower and mix with hands, ensuring that spice mixture has been evenly distributed on the cauliflower.
Spread florets on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast in oven until fork tender, at least 20 minutes, and maybe longer.
Serve as a side dish, or place on a platter with toothpicks to serve as a passed hors d'oeuvre.