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Cauliflower Popcorn (Oven-Roast Cauliflower)
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Cauliflower Popcorn (Oven-Roast Cauliflower)

I recently discovered this novel way to cook cauliflower and make a relatively healthy “popcorn.” It can be served either as a snack or a side-dish, and it is usually popular with everyone. There are a few variants of this recipe, but this is my favourite as it is the most simple: it uses very few ingredients, and the method is also easy and not too time-consuming. The part that takes the longest is the roasting of the cauliflower in the oven, and you can do something else, or take a break, while it is cooking! It is well worth it when it comes out.

 Ingredients (Serves 4)

1 head of cauliflower (or equal amount of pre-chopped cauli)

4 tbsps olive oil

1 tsp salt (or to taste)

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 425º F/220 º

2) Trim the cauliflower head, removing and discarding the core and thick stems; cut the florets into small pieces (around the size of ping-pong balls)

3) In a large mixing bowl combine the olive oil and salt and whisk, the add the cauliflower pieces and toss until thoroughly coated.

4) Line a baking sheet with parchment (not essential, but easier to clean afterwards) and spread the cauli pieces on the sheet.

5) Roast for 1 hour, turning 3 or 4 times, until most of each piece has turned golden brown (The browner they turn the more they caramelize, and the sweeter they taste). 

6) Serve immediately hot and enjoy!

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  1. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    This is good. Vote#3,
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  2. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Vote #4! Love this idea for a low calorie snack! Will have to try it next movie night!
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  3. Akanksha
    Akanksha
    This is really simple...will surely try it!
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  4. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    Yum! Voted:)
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  5. Veganara
    Veganara
    Thank you all! I thought a few of you would like this! We have had a few good cauliflower recipes on this site recently, haven't we? Clearly a very versatile vegetable!
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  6. VeganGeorgiaBelle
    VeganGeorgiaBelle
    I made this. I ate it all in one sitting. I nearly bit my husband when he wanted a bite. I now blame you for not having any cauliflower for my dinner tomorrow. I have no self control. But really. I loved it! So yummy!
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    1. Veganara
      Veganara
      Thank you VeganGeorgiaBelle! Yes, it is a bit too more-ish isn't it? When I made it I ate it all in one go as well which is why I daren't make it too often! Glad you liked it anyway.
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