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  • Seasonal local food recipe No.360 – Felicity’s perfect roasted whole cauliflower

    Posted on April 30th, 2017 charlotte No comments

    We’ve had cauliflower in our veg boxes every week now for… I’ve lost count! But then we are in Cornwall, the UK’s cauliflower kingdom. We’ve so many suggestions for preparing cauliflower on Camel CSA’s recipes page, it’s hard to find new ones.

    Felicity Cloake of How to cook the perfect fame has the final solution: simply give the whole cauli a good roasting. As she says:”It makes a great centrepiece.” (And it’s perfectly delicious.)

    Serves: 4

    cauliflower-camelcsa-160312Preparation/cooking time: 40 minutes

    Ingredients
    1 large cauliflower, about 1kg
    Fine salt
    50g butter, softened
    2 tbsp olive oil

    For the sauce (optional)
    2 tbsp olive oil
    3 garlic cloves, crushed
    4 anchovy fillets, roughly chopped (optional)
    Leaves from a couple of sprigs of thyme or rosemary
    1 lemon
    1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

    For the dip (optional)
    150g creme fraiche
    75g feta or similar cheese, finely crumbled
    1 lemon
    1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

    Method
    Trim the leaves of the cauliflower, if necessary, so the top of the white part is exposed and level the base so it sits flat. Heat the oven to 240C. Bring to the boil a large pan of water with 1 tbsp fine salt per litre dissolved in it, then lower in the cauliflower, stem-side up.

    Bring to the boil again and cook for eight minutes, turning once if necessary, then drain and leave to dry in a colander, florets-side down, for 10 minutes.

    Beat the oil into the butter. Rub all over the cauliflower and season, then roast on a baking tray for 20 to 30 minutes until well browned, basting occasionally.

    Meanwhile, if you’re making the sauce, heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan and fry the garlic and anchovies, if using, until the garlic is golden and the anchovies begin to break down. Stir in the herbs and the grated zest of the lemon, followed by the tomatoes and 2 tbsp lemon juice.

    Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes. Season to taste, then pour into a shallow bowl and place the cauliflower in the middle.

    If you’re making the dip, stir the cheese into the creme fraiche. Finely zest in the lemon, then add a scant 1 tbsp of its juice. Top with a little olive oil and serve alongside the cauliflower when it is cool enough to handle.

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