Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Recipe: Za'atar Roasted Cauliflower

Think you don't like cauliflower? Try roasting it. Roasting eliminates that soggy, watery, veg-all taste and replaces it with crunchy-on-the-outside, crispy-on-the-inside flavor. Za'atar is a Middle-Eastern thyme-based spice blend. You can try this recipe with other spices or spice blends too. Serve alone as a side dish, or toss with whole-grain pasta, lemon juice, zest, a drizzle of olive oil, and maybe some yogurt and/or hot pepper flakes.

Total Time: 30 minutes
Work Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2-4 as a side dish

1 head cauliflower (try orange, green or purple cauliflower -- more nutritious, and cheaper!)
~2 T za'atar
pinch salt
olive oil to lightly coat (~1/3-1/2 cup)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Slice cauliflower into florets. Toss with olive oil and sprinkle with za'atar and salt. If desired, sprinkle in some paprika or hot pepper flakes.
3. Roast for 20-25 minutes, until florets begin to brown.


  1. I heart the Smart Green Gourmet! Since I recently came into a stash of imported za'atar, I am going to buy a cauliflower tonight to roast with it.

  2. Yes, some of these ingredients, like saffron and za'atar, are much cheaper and easier to come by when you have a friend who makes regular trips to the Middle East!