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Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Feta and Spices Recipe

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Whole Roasted Cauliflower

© Image 2014 Jennifer Meier
This stunning cauliflower recipe is inspired by Sara Britton's Whole Roasted Tandoori Cauliflower with Mint Chutney. This version is less spicy and includes feta, giving the cauliflower a creamier texture. This recipe only takes ten minutes of hands-on cooking, plus an hour of refrigeration and an hour of cooking.

 

As a main course, this whole roasted cauliflower would be fabulous with Ms. Britton's mint chutney and some rice. This cauliflower is also fabulous chopped up into pasta or quinoa, served with sauteed greens, or next to pork or salmon.

Prep Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole cauliflower, leaves removed
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped or pressed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup full-fat thick yogurt (such as plain Greek yogurt)

Preparation:

In a small bowl used a fork to mash together the garlic, cumin, garam masala, salt and feta.

Stir in the lemon juice and yogurt.

Spread the sauce evenly over the entire cauliflower. Chill the cauliflower for 1 hour in the refrigerator.

Preheat the oven to 400 F

Roast the cauliflower for 1 hour until the outside is slightly browned and the cauliflower can easily be pierced with a fork.

© recipe 2012 Jennifer Meier licensed to About.com, Inc.

Recipe Notes

  • If you'd like the cauliflower to have more stunning color, then add a teaspoon of paprika (bright red) or turmeric (yellow) to the spice mix. If you'd like it to be spicy, then add cayenne pepper to the mix.
  • Garam masala is an Indian blend of roasted, ground spices (garam means "warm" and masala means "spice mix"). All blends of garam masala are different, depending on who's making it. You can buy and grind individual spices to make your own garam masala or buy a pre-made blend from the store. Spice blends labeled as garam masala usually contain some combination of cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, cardamom, black pepper, dried chiles, fennel mace and nutmeg. Making your own allows you to control the flavor and how hot the blend is.

Buying and Storing Feta Cheese

Feta, whether in brine or not, can keep for weeks in a refrigerator. It's a great cheese to always have on hand, as it can brighten up the flavor of salads, pasta and other dishes. Brine will keep the feta moist and fresh for a longer amount of time (sometimes, months). If the feta you bought did not come in brine, then just mix water with a little bit of salt. Submerge the cheese in the brine and store in an airtight container.

Different countries and regions make different styles of feta. This guide to feta cheese explains the different styles, but the best way to figure out which type of feta you prefer is to taste many different kinds.

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