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Caramelized Cauliflower Plain and Fancy

Lazy days call for this recipe's one-step preparation. But when feeling fancy, dive into steps 2 and 3, from Lucinda Scala Quinn's cookbook "Mad Hungry."

  • Servings: 6
Caramelized Cauliflower Plain and Fancy

Source: Mad Hungry, November 2010



  • 1 head of cauliflower, washed, trimmed, cored, and thinly sliced (pieces will crumble; doesn't matter)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons salt-packed capers, well rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 1 recipe Caramelized Cauliflower Plain (see above)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread the cauliflower in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle over the olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Roast until the cauliflower is lightly caramelized, turning once, about 30 minutes. Serve as is for the plain version or proceed with the variation below for the fancy version.

  2. Heat a small pan, and then add olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Saute for 30 seconds. Add the capers and raisins and cook for another minute.

  3. Drizzle the caramelized cauliflower with the caper mixture and parsley and toss to coat well. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Cook's Note

For a variation, try substituting escarole for the chopped cauliflower.

Reviews (8)

  • u2debb 3 Mar, 2012

    I had a huge cauliflower so I made half of it the plain way and it was really great! It didn't even taste like cauliflower and was nice and crunchy!

  • jessjacobs 10 Feb, 2012

    Awesome dish!

  • annapell 26 Jan, 2012

    Delicious! This is going into my repertoire. I made it the 'plain' way, then tossed it with some halved grape tomatoes and balsamic before serving. This last addition even had my "I don't like cauliflower" boyfriend eating it. Thanks for a healthy low maintenance idea. Love LSQ!

  • AlanInHonolulu 8 Aug, 2011

    I enjoyed this very much. As a vegetarian main course I served it over flavorful brown rice and topped it with crumbled blue cheese and toasted nuts. It was very good. Thanks!

  • vaiolynn 2 Dec, 2010

    AWESOME! I love this recipe. Great combination of flavors. I made the fancy version and I will never just steam cauliflower again. :)

  • MaggieJoy 22 Nov, 2010

    So simple it almost makes itself. Amazing flavor and everyone, even cauli-haters, become addicted to it.

  • babyacorn 17 Nov, 2010

    Delicious for last night's dinner party, easy to prepare and clean up, one baking sheet. My boyfriend has always been cauliflower-averse, and he is a changed man! He was going back for seconds, and disappointed when there were none left! Thank you Lucinda! I love you and your show.

  • mtrombly 9 Nov, 2010

    This dish is AMAZING!! What great flavor!!!

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