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Italian Whole-Roasted Cauliflower with Parsley Sauce

Roasted cauliflower with a zesty parsley-Parmesan dipping sauce.
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Italian Whole-Roasted Cauliflower with Parsley Sauce

Servings

6

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

40 minutes

Calories

0

Author:

Giada De Laurentiis

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Ingredients

    For the cauliflower

  • 1 head cauliflower (green leaves removed)
  • ½ cup mascarpone cheese
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped capers
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled)
  • For the sauce

  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ⅛ cup chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Roasting is one of my favorite ways to cook this newly cool crudité, which tastes even better with a zesty parsley-Parmesan dipping sauce.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F. Cut the cauliflower in half, lengthwise. In a medium bowl, mix the mascarpone, yogurt, Parmesan, lemon zest, olive oil, capers, salt, and red pepper flakes. Rub the garlic clove along the rough surfaces of the cauliflower florets and discard.
  3. Hold the cut side of a cauliflower half and dip it into the bowl. Rotate and angle the cauliflower so that you coat the entire outside of it. Place it cut-side down on a baking tray and repeat with the other half. Roast the cauliflower for 20 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 425°F and loosely tent the cauliflower with tinfoil.
  4. Roast for an additional 20 minutes or until the cauliflower pierces easily with a paring knife and is evenly golden brown. While the cauliflower is in the oven, combine the olive oil, parsley, lemon zest, salt, and Parmesan cheese and set aside. Drizzle the cauliflower with the sauce or serve on the side.

2 reviews & comments

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    Ruth Silva
    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    This is my new favorite recipe for cauliflower! Even the kids enjoyed it!

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    Kim Csongor

    Oh YES please! Get this into Giada by our next Vegas trip??

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