The humble cauliflower which most of us remember being over boiled, mushy and covered in white sauce has definitely come into its own as far as flavour and versatility.
My Whole Roast Italian Cauliflower is a twist on the many adaptions I have seen which use Middle Eastern or curry spices. Obsessed with fresh herbs and Italian flavours such as Lemon, Garlic, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary. The marinade in this recipes is what makes this cauliflower shine. I surrounded the cauliflower with a selection of vegetables I had in the fridge at the time. So use what ever you have and mix it up.
To turn this into an incredible Cauliflower parmigianna, in the second cooking, top the cauliflower with a couple of generous spoons of tomato pasta sauce and a handfull of grated parmesan and mozzarella and you have an Italian dish that will rival any Nonna.
Preheat the oven to 200c/ 180c – 190c fan-forced.
Finely chop all of the herbs and mix them with the olive oil, lemon juice, rind, seasoning, and minced garlic.
Wash and drain the cauliflower and set it in a baking dish leaving enough room for the vegetables. Spoon the marinade over the cauliflower, ensuring you work the marinade into the florets themselves. Keep about 2 tbs of the marinade to toss through the vegetables.
Roast the cauliflower for 20 minutes. Toss all the chopped vegetables with the remainder of the marinade. Remove the cauliflower from the oven and scatter these around the cauliflower, roast for further 20 minutes. ( 15 minutes if you are making Cauliflower Parmigiana)