Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Butter Sauce

Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Butter Sauce

A whole roasted cauliflower flavored with a savory butter sauce is a hearty vegetable side dish option for dinner.

This is a great method. I melted the butter in a microwave-safe bowl with about a teaspoon of olive oil and a little minced garlic.

My head of cauliflower was pretty small, I tossed it with the melted butter and then onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Delicious and clean up was a breeze. I have a confession... I ate the whole thing myself!

Holy Cow! I love roasted cauliflower anyway, using the usual olive oil.

The butter IS what is unusual about this recipe and is the best cauliflower I’ve ever eaten. Sure butter is less healthy but heck, it isn’t that much. I ate it like candy, even after it cooled off.


1 head of cauliflower

Fresh thyme

2 bay leaves

4 cups (1l) vegetable or chicken stock, more or less, depending on the size of the cauliflower

1/3 cup (70)g melted butter

Fresh cracked pepper


1. To make the whole roasted cauliflower recipe with butter Sauce.

Preheat your oven to 400ºF (200°C). Trim the bottom of the cauliflower and remove all the leaves and the stem, but without breaking apart. Give it a quick rinse and pat dry.

2. Place the whole cauliflower in a pot and cover with stock.

Add fresh thyme and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and simmer for 12 minutes.

3. Drain and transfer the cauliflower head in a cast-iron skillet or any oven proof pan. Ladle a little of the cooking stock over the cauliflower then drizzle with melted butter on top. Sprinkle with fresh thyme and pepper.

4. Roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of your cauliflower, until golden. Baste with cooking juice from time to time.

Check with a knife, if it slides in easily, then it’s cooked. You can broil for an extra 2 minutes if you want to give it a bit more color, but keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.

5. Remove roasted cauliflower from the oven and sprinkle with fresh thyme. Slice, and serve with an extra drizzle of the buttery cooking juices.

Note: For a smokey non-vegetarian version, add crumbled bacon on top of the roasted cauliflower.

And Enjoy...!

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