Roasted Cauliflower with Gremolata Bread

My theme for this week’s blogging marathon #57 is cooking Food52 contest winning recipes. I need only three recipes but I have already cooked four recipes & have bookmarked few more ?. I also own Food52 cookbook & have made this from the book. Thanks, Mir for suggesting this theme.

Excuse the picture quality of the pictures. It was almost 5:30 pm and there was little natural light in the room. I am already dreading the time change in couple of weeks when daylight saving time ends, specially clicking for the blog. I guess I will figure out a way as I always do that time of the year 🙁

Roasted phool gobi, Roasted Gobi,

I love cauliflower in any form; grilled, sautéed & in curries, unlike husband you likes it only in shorva. When I saw roasted cauliflower recipe on Food52 contest winning recipes page, I immediately bookmarked the recipe. Since husband was not going to eat, I made ½ the recipe. It was my side dish Thursday night & my yesterday’s breakfast. This roast is mildly spiced and tasted great with herbed panko bread (gremolata bread). I have two more roasted/grilled cauliflower recipes to try, not from Food52 though. I hope I will bake those soon, with a non cauliflower enthusiastic person at home!

Roasted Cauliflower, Roasted Gobi, Roasted phool gobi, Oven Roasted Gobi, Oven Roasted Cauliflower

Source: Food52
Total Time: 30 – 40 minutes
Preparation: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 20 – 30 minutes
Serves: 2 – 3


  • 1 medium – large Head of Cauliflower
  • 3 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • ¼ tsp. Salt, divided
  • ⅛ tsp. freshly ground Black Pepper
  • ¼ cup Panko (Japanese Bread Crumbs)
  • Zest of ½ Lemon
  • 1 Clove Garlic, finely chopped or minced
  • 1 tbsp. Parsley or Cilantro roughly chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  • Trim the stem of the cauliflower and cut the flower into small bite size florets. Wash and drain in a colander.
  • Take 2 tablespoons oil, ⅛ teaspoon salt and pepper in bowl and mix.
  • Add the cauliflower to oil mixture and toss.
  • Spread cauliflower on a large baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven for 20 – 25 minutes, stirring or flipping the florets half way into baking. I baked for 25 minutes. Baking time varies from oven to oven and depends on the size of the floret.
  • While the cauliflower is baking, heat remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in small pan on medium – medium high flame.
  • Add panko, ⅛ teaspoon salt and stir to coat the oil. Continue cooking stirring constantly until breadcrumbs are lightly toasted and golden in color.
  • Add lemon zest, garlic and continue stirring until mixture is light brown.
  • Transfer the bread crumbs to a bowl, add parsley or cilantro and mix to combine. Keep aside until ready to use.
  • When the cauliflower is roasted, transfer to a serving platter, top with breadcrumbs mixture and serve hot.


  • Roasted cauliflower is slightly sweet with the natural sweetness released from the flower when roasting. This roasted cauliflower is slightly mild in taste. To spice it a little, can add more pepper powder. But next time, the chilies lover in me would saute one chopped green chili along with breadcrumbs.
  • Baking time varies from oven to oven and also depends on the size of the floret. I like crunchier cauliflower and baked for 25 minutes. I felt I could have baked it for few minutes and retained the crunchiness of the floret as well.

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