This whole roasted cauliflower with a salty cheese sauce is the star of any meal!
2 quarts water
2 1/2 c white wine
1/3 c plus 2 T olive oil, divided, plus more for serving
1 T plus 1/2 t Morton’s kosher salt
3 T lemon juice
2 T butter
1 T red pepper flakes
1 T sugar
1 bay leaf
1 large head of cauliflower
1/2 c or 4 oz goat cheese flavored, or not
3 oz cream cheese
1/2 c crumbled feta cheese or other crumbly cheese
1/3 c heavy cream or more to make a cheesy drizzle
Maldon or other flaky sea salt
1/2 t chile flakes, such as Urfa or Aleppo or red for sprinkling
Fill a large pot with water, wine, 1/3 c olive oil, 1 T salt, lemon juice, butter, red pepper flakes, sugar and bay leaf. Bring to a boil over high heat.
Trim cauliflower’s stem, and add the head to the pot. Turn the heat down to medium and cook for 7 – 10 minutes, or until the bottom is approaching tenderness.
Preheat oven to 475.
Gently flip it in the pot and cook for another 5 -8 minutes or until the center is easily pierced with a knife. Gently life the cauliflower from the pot using two large spoons or spatulas. Discard the broth.
Place the cauliflower in a cast iron skillet or on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 30 – 40 minutes or until the top becomes golden brown with white cauliflower showing through. Do not let it overcook or it will droop!
While the cauliflower is in the oven, place your cheeses in a 4 c measuring cup and using an immersion blender, with the heavy cream and 2 T of olive oil, process until the mixture is smooth and light. Stir in 1/2 t of salt or to taste. Set aside at room temperature. Stir in more heavy cream if you want more of a drizzle.
When cauliflower is finished roasting drizzle with more olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Cheese can be placed on the cauliflower or cauliflower can be placed on the cheese. This is great scooped up with fresh bread.
Thanks Shaya for a great recipe!
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