Slightly Savory Saturday

P1000007We are always looking for great ways to cook vegetables in our house.  Brussels sprouts are a favorite as well as asparagus, cauliflower and broccoli.  Anytime I can find a different way to prepare them I am all excited about trying it out.

At Christmas we were in Raleigh with both of the boys at Aaron’s townhouse and his kitchen puts mine to shame so we were able to have a perfect Christmas dinner with all the favorites—ham, green bean casserole and this time I tried a new cauliflower recipe.  It was a winner and the recipe below is easy to prepare and adds a tasty zing to the sometimes boring cauliflower.  Enjoy.

Roasted Cauliflower with Cranberries

2 medium heads cauliflower, broken into florets

1 large yellow or red onion, cut into wedges

3 TBSP olive oil

1 tsp. salt, divided

1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup honey

1/4 tsp. freshly cracked pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Place cauliflower and onion in baking pan, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt.  Stir to coat and spread into an even layer in the pan.  Roast, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until tender stirring in cranberries halfway through. 

While the veggies roast whisk together in a small saucepan the balsamic vinegar, honey, salt and pepper.  Simmer uncovered until thickened a little–usually about 10 minutes.  Pour over cauliflower mixture, stir to coat and transfer to a serving dish.  Serve sprinkled with a bit of mint on top for garnish and enjoy.  Makes 8 servings.


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  1. Sounds very good Beth Ann but I can’t keep my eyes off that green bean casserole.. 🙂
    Good Morning! It is 42 degrees at The Tiny Ten right now.. Hallelujah!!!

  2. I love cauliflower too. In fact, I have a head of it in my fridge. Perfect timing.

  3. My favorites raw broccoli, cauliflower and carrots with dip. Nice to see them cooked, too.

  4. I just roasted cauliflower for the first time this week. Delish. Now if I made this recipe, with cranberries, maybe the husband would eat it. I doubt cauliflower has ever touched his lips. But he loves cranberries.

  5. I like cranberries, but cauliflower? Not a fan. Maybe this recipe would make it more palatable, though!

  6. I love love love cauliflower, especially roasted. Pinned this to try later. 🙂

  7. This is one I would love. I’m always looking for great vege recipes. Cooking at our house is tricky as I’m a vegetarian (but will eat fish occasionally) and my hubby is a strict meat and potato man.He has also developed an allergy to shell fish. So I make 2 meals most days. Coming up with quick and tasty vege dishes is always a treat. Will try this one asap. Thanks!

  8. This recipe soounds good but even making it half would be way too much for me. I may try it and put the rest in the freezer for later.

  9. This looks great Beth Ann! You might want to correct the word “vanish” with the word “garnish” near the end of your blog though.

  10. that looks delicious – and definitely easy enough for me to do! I love brussel sprouts too – but no one else here will eat them so I rarely buy 😦

  11. I so love cooking with cauliflower and this sounds delicious. I like to take cooked cauliflower, mash it up, then mix with cheese and add to cooked macaroni…ummm good. Thanks for sharing.

  12. So simple! In the past I wasn’t a big fan of cauliflower. I think it dates back to some failed attempt at a gimmicky all-cauliflower diet. 😦
    I’ve been trying different recipes with cauliflower and this one seems like it will do the trick!

    • it really is a good change of pace for cooking it—even just roasting the cauliflower is a nice change . I can’t imagine an all cauliflower diet. Ugh.

  13. Such yumminess! Is “yumminess” a word?

    Hugs from Ecuador,

  14. Yum! I am SO going to try this! I like tossing my cauliflower with some cumin, paprika, salt and pepper and roasting it.

  15. Oddly (for me anyway) I actually bought cauliflower yesterday and have some fresh cranberries left over from Christmas too! So this is a must!

  16. I would never have thought to cook cauliflower and cranberries together. I like roasting it in the oven with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper. (So easy!)

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