Cauliflower popcorn

Cauliflower popcorn isn’t as exciting as it sounds, but I think a fun name makes it more fun to eat, don’t you?  Especially for kids.  I didn’t make up the recipe title, though; that’s what it was called when I found it online.

We made this today for the first time, and since I had to leave just when everyone was having dinner, I asked them to set some aside for me.  It was a good thing I did, because they gobbled all the rest of it up!  And we used 6 small heads of cauliflower just for this one meal – now you know why I like buying food at great prices (if you remember, I spent .39 for head each last week) – with our family, we’d either have to eat a lot less or spend a lot more!  My husband reminded me when I commented with surprise that it was all gone that our kids like veggies, and they usually finish off whatever I put out, which is good, so I’m not complaining!

Here’s the very easy recipe.

Cauliflower Popcorn:

  • 1 head of cauliflower, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces (about the size of popped popcorn)
  • 4 T. olive oil
  • 1 t. sea salt

Combine the olive oil and salt, then add the cauliflower pieces to the bowl you have the oil mix in, and toss thoroughly.  Put it on a baking sheet and roast it at 425 degrees for an hour, turning 3 – 4 times while it cooks, until each piece is golden brown.

If you decide to double this recipe (or make even more than that!), you won’t need to use increase the amount of oil proportionately, because you’ll end up with most of it at the bottom of the pan if you do.  I can’t give a definite rule for this, but I’d think that for the recipe we made tonight, about a third the amount of oil called for was necessary.


5 thoughts on “Cauliflower popcorn

  1. mmmm I make something very similar to this and have eaten a whole head of cauliflower myself in doing so! I use the juice of one lemon over a head of cauliflower and dried dill. I spray the pan and the cauliflower with a super light mist of olive oil from a sprayer and bake exactly the same way. The taste is fabulous and it is a little bit of a lighter version too.

  2. Hi, Avivah. I’m enjoying reading through your blog archives. We’ve been adapting some of your parenting tips to suit our family, and I’ve already noticed a difference.

    Do you think this would work with frozen chopped cauliflower, or would it come out too mushy?

    1. Hi, Melissa! I’m glad the parenting tips have been helpful; I love hearing that families are functioning better so they can enjoy each other more. :)

      As far as frozen cauliflower, I’ve never tried it but it doesn’t hurt to try! I think it could work out well, since the high heat of roasting might help offset the moisture of the frozen veg.

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