Roasted Cauliflower with Bacon Breadcrumb Topping

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might remember that for a time I went through a cauliflower-averse phase.

(It was completely my fault, and completely – unintentionally – self-induced.  To read more about my cauliflower debacle, you can check out this post.)Anyway, since then, cauliflower has happily made its way back into my kitchen several times (in things like Indian-spiced cauliflower and potatoes and cheesy cauliflower chowder).  This time of year when there is the most gorgeous looking local cauliflower available, I can’t resist buying it almost every time I see it.  This recipe in particular is a favorite…roast cauliflower is always a crowd-pleaser, and the crunchy topping in this recipe brings a fun new twist to a classic.

In this recipe I use Cooking Light’s method for roasting cauliflower (from the recipe for Roasted Cauliflower with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan), and my recipe for breadcrumb topping (from my recipe for Bread Crumbed Salad).

Roasted Cauliflower with Bacon Breadcrumb Topping

Serves 6

1 (1 1/2 lb) head of cauliflower, cut into florets (about 6 cups)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Bacon Breadcrumb Topping (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 450F.  Place the cauliflower on a large baking sheet and toss with the oil, salt, and pepper.  Bake until tender and browned, about 25 minutes, tossing every 5 to 7 minutes.  Serve topped with Bacon Breadcrumb Topping.

Bacon Breadcrumb Topping:

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 slices turkey bacon, diced

1 small onion, finely diced

1 large clove garlic, grated on a microplane

4 tablespoons Panko breadcrumbs

1 1/2 teaspoons fresh minced (or 1/2 teaspoon dried) thyme or rosemary

2 tablespoons fresh minced parsley

Pinch black pepper

Heat the oil in a small to medium-sized skillet over medium heat.  Add the turkey bacon and sauté until crispy, about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally; use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a bowl and set aside.  To the same skillet, add the onion and sauté until tender and just starting to brown, about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Turn the heat down to low and add the garlic and breadcrumbs; sauté until the garlic is fragrant and the breadcrumbs are light golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently.  Turn off heat and stir in the herbs, pepper, and browned turkey bacon.  Serve on top of roasted cauliflower.

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  1. says

    Ah, how I love this versatile vegetable. But I understand how it could turn you off at first – it does have a particular taste and aroma that some find quite unpleasant (admittedly some random days that’s me!)

    Also, just wanted to say how much I appreciate your love for Middle Eastern culture and cuisine. You’d know how we Arabs are proud of our heritage, so it’s so wonderful to see that you are too :) Keep up the good work.

  2. says

    I am so glad that cauliflower made it back into your beautiful and creative kitchen. This looks like pure comfort food to me (with the added benefit of being vegetable based!) Thank you for sharing, sweet friend.

  3. says

    I missed your original cauliflower debacle — it must have been before I started reading your blog way back when! I’m glad cauliflower has found its way back into your recipes again, because it really is a delicious vegetable. Peter’s not a big fan of cauliflower, but he loves bacon so I’d love to try this dish. Great job, as always, Faith!

  4. Eha says

    On my first visit to your blog have just raced into my kitchen: yep, all the ingredients there! This looks so moreish, it just may be lunch tomorrow and on Monday of this working Long Weekend for me :) ! Love cauliflower, but have not oft roasted it, so a taste sensation ahead!!

  5. says

    and just like that, cauliflower looks good to me. incidentally, one of my friends from the north thinks i say cauliflower in the most hilarious way–she laughed out loud the first time she heard me say it! :)

  6. says

    Looks awesome! I really love cauli, but sometimes I forget about it and go months and months without it… Lately, I’ve only put it in pizza crust, but this looks so good (I love bacon!). Thanks for sharing.

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