This is an impressive looking vegetarian dish that is easy to make. Whole head of cauliflower is coated with a flavorful marinade and roasted in high heat.
Course Main Course
Keyword Vegetarian Main Course, Whole roasted cauliflower
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 40minutes
Total Time 1hour
1CauliflowerLarge about 6-7 inch diameter
1/2CExtra Virgin Olive oil
Salt To taste
1Serrano or similar Green ChiliChopped , To Taste
Pre-heat the oven to 400° F.
Mix all the ingredients for the marinate well. Taste , it should be a little salty, and adjust spices if needed.
Remove the leaves of the cauliflower and trim the stem in level with the florets. Wash and pat dry.
Invert the flower and brush the marinate on the bottom. Let it rest for a minute. lightly coat the baking dish with oil and place the cauliflower in it. Slowly pour the marinade on top. Use a pastry brush to push the marinade int the crevices.
Tightly cover the dish with a lid or foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Uncover and broil for 10 minutes or till the tops brown lightly.
Remove from the oven and let rest for a few minutes. Transfer to a serving plate.
Make cilantro sauce
Remove the thick stems from the cilantro and reserve the leaves. Squeeze the lemon and set aside about 2 Tbsp of juice. Add cilantro , olive oil , garlic and green chili to a food processor or blender and process till smooth. Add salt and half the lemon juice. Pulse once and adjust salt and lemon juice per taste.
Slice the cauliflower and serve drizzled with the cilantro sauce.
If you don't like cilantro substitute green onions (scallions), mint or parsley .
For vegan version substitute 1/4 C yogurt with 2 Tbsp coconut cream, 1 Tsp lemon juice and a pinch of cayenne. Thin the marinade with 1 to 2 Tbsp of water, as needed.