Cauliflowers, the Unexpected Snack Sensation

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Amidst the latest culinary trend, roasted cauliflower has emerged as an unlikely star, transforming this humble vegetable into a mouthwatering side dish. Online searches for ‘whole roasted cauliflower recipes’ have surged by a staggering 3750 per cent, generating over 1.8 million views within a mere two weeks.
A TikTok user, @desertislanddishes, showcased her tantalizing Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Garlicy Yoghurt & Chimichurri, propelling this viral sensation.
The recipe involves coating a cauliflower with olive oil, roasting it to golden perfection, and embellishing it with delectable sauces and toppings.
HelloFresh, the renowned meal-box delivery company, has provided their own take on this popular recipe, sharing expert tips to elevate the roasted cauliflower experience:

  1. Preparing the Cauliflower: Remove the tough core from the bottom of the cauliflower, ensuring even cooking. Brush the vegetable with olive oil, creating a crispy and golden exterior.
  2. Enhancing the Flavor: Infuse the mild cauliflower flavor with herbs like rosemary, thyme, or sage by placing them between the florets before roasting. For a lighter twist, add citrus zest from lemon or orange, imparting a refreshing taste that complements the earthiness of the cauliflower.
  3. Roasting the Cauliflower: Preheat the oven to a high temperature of around 220°C for a crispy exterior and tender interior. Elevate the cauliflower on a baking rack to promote even browning and prevent sogginess. Roasting time may vary, typically taking 45-55 minutes for a medium-sized cauliflower.
  4. Final Touches: Elevate the dish with a drizzle of garlic aioli or tangy yoghurt-based dip. Add a sprinkle of toasted nuts, such as pine nuts, for a delightful crunch. A hint of fresh basil serves as the perfect garnish to complete this roasted cauliflower masterpiece.

With this irresistible trend, cauliflower has become the go-to choice for a delightful and flavorful snack. Embrace the roasted cauliflower revolution and experience the delectable possibilities it brings to your table.

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