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You too may have discovered or rediscovered the joy of eating cauliflower thanks to this recipe. Perhaps he managed to make you forget the béchamel gratin or the boiled and overcooked version from the canteen? This return to favor of this cabbage is notably due to chefs like Yotam Ottolenghi who have been able to bring this traditional recipe of Israeli cuisine to the forefront.
This way of working with the vegetable as the central element of the dish directly gives it another dimension. But that’s it, there are still a few secrets to know to succeed: Pre-cook or not pre-cook your cauliflower, cook it in the oven on a baking sheet or in a casserole dish? We can ask ourselves lots of questions about how to cook successfully. We reveal a few secrets to ensure your next roasted cauliflower is closer to perfection.
To avoid ending up with cabbage that is still raw at the end of a long hour of cooking, it is imperative to precook your cauliflower. Start by removing the outer leaves and part of the stem. Be careful to keep some of it anyway because otherwise the cabbage will collapse during cooking. Boil water with a little salt in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. When it comes to a boil, cook the cabbage for 10 minutes, stem side up. Then take it out and let it drain for at least 10 minutes.
To give flavor to your roasted cauliflower, but also nourish it during cooking, you can coat it with a mixture of fats and spices. You can opt for melted butter or olive oil depending on your preference. As for seasoning, the field is open, you can opt for cumin, smoked paprika or turmeric for example.
To prevent the cabbage from drying out too much during cooking and to keep it a little soft, you can put a dish with water at the bottom of your oven. So you will have all the advantages of steam cooking.
To accompany your piece of vegetable, you can prepare a sauce based on yogurt, lemon juice, a little sesame paste (tahini) and fresh herbs such as mint or coriander. Now that you have these three tips in your pocket, get ready to enjoy tender and deliciously fragrant oven-roasted cauliflower. Don’t forget to add your personal touch by experimenting with various spices and condiments to customize this classic dish to your taste. Enjoy your food !