Adding a Parmesan cheese coating to roasted cauliflower creates another tasty layer of caramelized goodness in this good for you side dish.
I’m not the first person to add cheese to cauliflower and call it the best thing ever. As a kid, cloaking bland heads of baked cauliflower in cheese sauce is probably the only way you could get me to eat it. I mean, not that there’s anything wrong with that. For the most part, those days are over.
Today, you’ll find me actually craving caramelized, roasted cauliflower. Roasting cauliflower coaxes out it’s inherent sweetness. It creates crispy edges and tender insides. As a simple side dish or next leveled-up healthy snack, roasted cauliflower is supremely easy to make.
I’ve used cauliflower in my recipe for a rainbow of roasted vegetables, and I’ve shared my basic roasted cauliflower recipe, So why stop roasting cauli now? I’m keeping the healthy cauli-curious train moving with this Parmesan cheese crisped cauliflower recipe.
What’s In Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower
- 1 head of cauliflower
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
How to Make Roasted Cauliflower
There’s no need to steam cauliflower before roasting. Here are a few tips to make the best roasted cauliflower:
Cut the florets into similar sizes. Cutting cauliflower with one flat side encourages a crisp, caramelized exterior. It’s the best part.
There’s no need for an extra bowl. Toss the cauliflower with the oil and spices right on the baking sheet.
For extra caramelization, don’t line the pan. I usually line my baking sheets with foil or parchment paper for easy clean up. Roasting vegetables is one time I don’t. Direct contact of the sheet pan with the olive oil coated cauliflower adds extra caramelization.
How to Cook Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower
Roast the cauliflower at high heat. Roast the cauliflower in a preheated oven at 425°F. This ensures a crispy outside with tender centers.
Roast the cauliflower for 15 minutes before adding the cheese mixture. This gives the cauliflower time to develop crisped edges without overcooking the cheese topping.
Toss with the Parmesan mixture. Continue cooking for 5-10 more minutes or until desired doneness.
Toss with Parmesan and Panko for Crunch
Like in my crab spaghetti recipe, adding Japanese bread crumbs to Parmesan adds a bit of salty crunch to the roasted cauliflower’s earthy flavors.
When serving, be sure to scrape up all of the melted crispy bits from the baking sheet. They’re the best part.
What to Serve With Roasted Cauliflower
- Baked Chicken Parmesan
- Crab Spaghetti with Lemon Gremolata
- Easy Chicken Piccata
- Crispy Baked Garlic Shrimp
- Stuffed Pork Chops
- How to Make the Best Grilled Salmon
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