Butter Roasted Whole Cauliflower With Hot Garlic Sauce

by | Aug 21, 2017 | 14 comments

Roasted cauliflower is a beautiful thing. It is extremely simple to make and brings out the inherent sweetness of the mighty vegetable. A whole roasted cauliflower is especially magnificent. Not only is it glorious to look at but it manages to transform this humble peasant of a vegetable into royalty with dinner becoming instantly fancy. And with the chill of winter permeating the evenings, I decided to make a Butter Roasted Whole Cauliflower basted with copious amounts of the most creamy and delicious butter – Lurpak butter.Butter Roasted Whole Cauliflower With Hot Garlic Sauce - Cook Republic

I have been using Lurpak butter for years. A Danish butter that has been around for more than 100 years, Lurpak owes its buttery goodness to 100% fresh milk and a traditional age- old method of ageing and ripening the cream to churn into delicious butter. Completely natural and wholesome. You can tell how utterly unprocessed and fresh it is when you cook with the butter and the slight tang of the melting butter hits your nostrils and when the golden liquid starts pooling in the pan with little gems of white milk solids. It reminds me of the butter my mum used to make from just aged cream when I was little. And it makes me instantly nostalgic. It is one of the reasons why I use Lurpak for a lot of my cooking. That and the coveted pure butter flavour which is just divine.

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Since ramping up my efforts to only eat vegetables and fish, I am always experimenting with veggies as mains. When Lurpak contacted me to collaborate on a recipe to showcase their beautiful butter, I knew I wanted it to be a savoury vegetarian recipe. Butter is great in baking sweet treats but if you haven’t tried roasting veggies with butter; you haven’t truly lived. With my known love for cauliflower, the idea for a recipe with a whole roasted cauliflower had me very excited from the get go. For a few weeks, my shopping bags were full of cauliflowers in all shapes and sizes with their pretty green leaves still attached.

I tried and tested different quantities and cooking times to get that perfect roast with that perfect golden char on top. Eventually the recipe was a success with the most beautiful roast cauliflower texture you could slice into like butter (pun intended!) but with a defining bite that kept it fresh. This recipe will serve four as a main or six as a side. I have included quantities for a smaller cauliflower in my notes.

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I usually use unsalted butter for my cooking and baking, adding a bit of salt to perfect the flavour. I like to have control over the amount of salt in the recipe. If using salted butter, you might not need to add additional salt. Always taste to ensure the final recipe is perfectly seasoned. For the accompanying sauce, I drew inspiration from my childhood and the Indo-Chinese cuisine we used to love. The result was a silky, buttery, fragrant hot garlic sauce that went really well with the cauliflower. The sauce can be made up to a day in advance and then reheated gently on the hob or microwave. But it literally only takes 5-7 minutes to make so I would suggest making it fresh when the cauliflower is ready.

For my hot chilli sauce, I use Sriracha. It has a good hit of heat but not extremely spicy. The green chilli I use is not bird’s eye but rather a long thin cayenne pepper that is not spicy at all but has that fresh green flavour to it. This recipe I would conclude is not spicy but has a gentle warming heat to it so much so that I top it with additional Sriracha when I eat because I love my food hot. The sauce is herby, salty and buttery which compliments the roasted sweetness of cauliflower. It is a terribly clever marriage, if I might say so. You must try it and let me know how you went. Don’t forget to share your creations with me on Instagram and visit Lurpak for more recipes and ideas using their butter.

note This post was sponsored by Lurpak. My thoughts on Lurpak are my own based on years of using this product.

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Butter Roasted Whole Cauliflower With Hot Garlic Sauce - Cook Republic

BUTTER ROASTED WHOLE CAULIFLOWER WITH HOT GARLIC SAUCE

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Course // Mains
Cuisine // Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

For the cauliflower

  • 1 whole cauliflower, 1kg
  • 120 g Lurpak unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes

For the sauce

  • 60 g Lurpak salted butter
  • 3 tablespoons garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup packed coriander leaves and stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons hot chilli sauce
  • 1 teaspoon tamari
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 ½ cups (375 ml) vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour blended in 2 tablespoons water
  • salt to taste
  • micro herbs and extra coriander, to garnish

Instructions

To make the cauliflower

  • Pre-heat oven to 200°C (convention)/180°C (fan forced/convection).
  • Remove the outer leaves of the cauliflower leaving some tender inner leaves intact. Cut a portion of the stalk so that the cauliflower stands up straight when placed on a flat surface.
  • Place cauliflower in a 20cm cast iron pan so it sits snugly. Brush melted butter all over the cauliflower getting into the grooves of the florets and the area near the stalk so that it is evenly coated in melted butter. Reserve some (1-2 tablespoons butter) for basting later.
  • Sprinkle salt over the cauliflower and gently rub it in.
  • Cover the cauliflower with an aluminium foil, crimping the edges over the rim of the pan to create a seal.
  • Bake in the pre-heated oven for approximately 35 minutes.
  • Remove from oven. Discard the foil. Baste the cauliflower with the remaining butter. Bake uncovered in the oven at 200°C (convection)/180°C (fan forced) for approximately 60-65 minutes until the top is golden and starting to crisp and brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to rest while you make the sauce.

To make the sauce

  • Heat butter in a small heavy bottomed saucepan. Add garlic, onion and chilli. Sauté for a couple of minutes on medium until golden.
  • Add coriander, chilli sauce, tamari, white pepper and stock. Reduce heat to medium-low and bring to a gentle boil.
  • Add cornflour and water mixture. Stir well. Continue stirring and cooking until sauce thickens. Remove from heat. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Spoon hot garlic sauce over the roasted cauliflower. Garnish with micro herbs and extra coriander. Serve hot with quinoa or rice.

Notes

  1. The cauliflower should be al-dente and not mushy. The above cooking times are for a 1-1.08kg cauliflower.
  2. For a smaller cauliflower around 700g, reduce the amount of butter for marinating to 65g. Bake at 200°C for 30 minutes (covered with foil) and then 35 mins (uncovered).
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I love creating easy, vibrant, fresh, everyday recipes and taking gorgeous photos of the food I cook. I have been blogging for 15 years and I have also written a book with over 100 new recipes. If you make a recipe from the blog, Tag @cookrepublic on Instagram. I would love to see!

COMMENTS

14 Comments
  1. Kankana

    That looks so good Sneh! I have tried roasting cauliflower a couple times but somehow the flavor was not coming out bold. Definitely going to give your recipe a try.

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  2. Rosa

    That looks and sounds ever so scrumptious! Will have to try your recipe.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  3. Stefanee

    I love cauliflower, so I will absolutely have to try this recipe. It looks amazing!

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  4. Claudia | The Brick Kitchen

    I love whole roast cauliflower, but don’t make it enough! Need to do it more before summer arrives and I don’t want the oven on for hours haha. Love the sound of your chilli butter sauce – I agree that whole cauliflower needs a strong sauce to make it shine. My other fave is whipped goats cheese!

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  5. jessica

    5 stars
    Awesome roasted cauliflower recipe.. its really easy to make. thanks for sharing

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  6. Erica Lea | Buttered Side Up

    Well, this looks simply amazing! I so so wish I could get my hands on Lurpak butter. It sounds dreamy! Will definitely pick some up if I ever see it in stores. And such beautiful cauliflower! I think it could convince even a cauliflower hater to give it a try. 🙂

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  7. john

    4 stars
    ohhhh.it amazing !

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  8. celine

    5 stars
    Great! Roasted cauliflower, have never thought of something like this! I am going to try this for sure 🙂 This recipe looks interesting and easy to make, thanks for sharing it!

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  9. Amelia

    This was an absolute hit with my whole family, including a 3 year old and 1 year old! I Added Tempe on the side and garnished with coriander and kimchi was delish! Thank you
    Xx

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  10. Muriel

    I am allergic to corn. What could be substituted for the cornflower? Thank you

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    • Sneh

      Hi Muriel, Potato starch, Arrowroot flour, Tapioca flour are all good substitutes for cornflour (same quantity as in the recipe).

      Reply
  11. Carla

    Do you have a recommended brand for the hot chilli sauce please?

    Reply
    • Sneh

      I use Sriracha (Huy Fong brand)

      Reply

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