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Like French fries!? I know you don’t believe me, but go ahead, give it a shot. I promise you’ll thank me later.
I was never a big fan of cauliflower until I learned to cook it this way. In fact, cauliflower (along with papaya for some reason) was one of my final frontiers on my path to omnivorousness.
I’m pretty proud to say there’s currently no food I don’t like, because when I was a kid, I barely ate anything at all.
Roasting the cauliflower at a high heat turns it into a magical creation… Tiny bits become brown and crunchy, and bigger florets get golden on the outside and creamy on the inside.
I’m suggesting you use a head of cauliflower for two people, but honestly this is so addictive that I can easily eat one all by myself.
Cauliflower Like French Fries Recipe
1 head of cauliflower
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Clean the cauliflower of any leaves and trim the tough part of the bottom stem so that you get a flat surface. Stand the cauliflower upright on a cutting board, and with a large, heavy knife, create 1/2 inch slices. The outer bits will fall off in very small pieces (this is a very good thing, you will see later), the inner pieces will be like cauliflower latticework.
Line a large baking sheet with tinfoil. Toss the cauliflower with the olive oil, salt and pepper, and place on the baking sheet. If you have more cauliflower than will fit in a flat layer on the pan, reserve the extra for later. You don’t want it to get too crowded or it won’t brown properly.
Place the cauliflower in the oven, checking in after 15-20 mins. When it starts looking golden, turn with a spatula and return to the oven for another 10 mins or so.
Total cooking time is approximately 35-40 minutes, but it depends on how crispy you like your cauliflower. I like mine with a little char.