Along with spiced fall desserts, I've been on a bit of a Cauliflower kick recently. In September I made a Roasted Cauliflower Pasta from the Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook, which started my craving. CPB found the below recipe flipping thru an issue of Bon Appetit I had laying around, Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese, if the Roasted Cauliflower doesn't sound delicious enough the Whipped Goat Cheese will win you over. We made this as a side to Blackened Salmon, but it could be a small meal on it's own.
2 1/2 cups dry white wine
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup kosher salt
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon sugar
1 bay leaf
1 head of cauliflower, leaves removed
Whipped Goat Cheese & Assembly
4 ounces fresh goat cheese
3 ounces cream cheese
3 ounces feta
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for serving
Coarse sea salt (for serving)
Roasted CauliflowerPreheat oven to 475°. Bring wine, oil, kosher salt, juice, butter, red pepper flakes, sugar, bay leaf, and 8 cups water to a boil in a large pot. Add cauliflower, reduce heat, and simmer, turning occasionally, until a knife easily inserts into center, 15-20 minutes.
Using 2 slotted spoons or a mesh spider, transfer cauliflower to a rimmed baking sheet, draining well. Roast, rotating sheet halfway through, until brown all over, 30-40 minutes.
Whipped Goat Cheese & AssemblyWhile cauliflower is roasting, blend goat cheese, cream cheese, feta, cream, and 2 tablespoons oil in a food processor until smooth; season with sea salt. Transfer whipped goat cheese to a serving bowl and drizzle with oil.
Transfer cauliflower to a plate. Drizzle with oil; sprinkle with sea salt. Serve with whipped goat cheese.