You know those really healthy snacks that people claim are sooooo delicious, when really they just taste like cardboard, or a stick, or a bowlful of gruel?
This is totally not like that. Roasted cauliflower is low carb and low calorie, buuuut it also tastes amazing – and I am not generally one to enjoy healthy alternatives to not-so-healthy dishes. I usually prefer the not-so-healthy version (as I’m sure most people do) – but this salt and vinegar roasted cauliflower definitely holds its own against a bag of greasy salt and vinegar crisps.
In fact, I really shouldn’t even be comparing the two, because rather than viewing this roasted cauliflower as a low carb alternative to crisps, I want you to recognise it as an amazing snack in its own right… can you tell I’m passionate about this cauliflower?
I actually used to name cauliflower as one of the two vegetables that I really couldn’t stand. Whilst I still avoid peas wherever possible, roasting honestly transforms cauliflower from a bland, watery vegetable to something that I would quite happily snack on all day long!
For a lot of people, roasting isn’t a cooking method that often springs to mind for cauliflower, but it works unbelievably well. The very edges of the florets crisp up slightly and the undersides become nice and caramelised. It bears no relation at all to the soggy vegetable I was used to.
And of course, if you’re not feeling the whole ‘snacking on cauliflower’ thing, roasted cauliflower also works really well as a side dish for a roast dinner (perhaps without the vinegar!).
Since cauliflower has a fairly mild flavour, it’s great for dressing up with whatever flavours you fancy. Try sprinkling it with your favourite herbs and spices before roasting to give any number of flavour combinations (my favourite spice, smoked paprika, would work really well!). Make sure you share your favourites with me!
- 1 head cauliflower
- 1 tbsp oil or spray oil
- 1 tbsp malt vinegar
- Black pepper
Remove the leaves and the base of the stalk from the cauliflower, and separate the head into bite-sized florets (cut any large florets in half). Toss the cauliflower in the oil and vinegar, and lay out in a single layer on a baking tray. Sprinkle with a little salt and black pepper, and roast for around 25 minutes at 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F), until slightly crispy. Add more salt and vinegar to taste, and serve warm or cold.