“I’m really into cauliflower right now”, my friend Helen announced as she pulled Bon Appetit’s version of this dish out of her oven. Now I am too. I’m also obsessed with the idea of roasting an entire head, so when I came across these adorable baby cauliflower at the market the wheels started turning. They make a visually stunning side dish, perfect on cold winter nights.

You can substitute one large cauliflower if you can’t find the little ones.

Recipe for Roasted Whole Baby Cauliflower with Herb and Parmesan

Four baby cauliflower

One small onion, quartered then sliced crosswise into 1/4 inch long pieces

*4 sprigs fresh thyme

*4 sprigs fresh rosemary

*4 sprigs fresh sage

2 tablespoons of good quality olive oil

olive oil spray

1/4  cup grated Parmesan

1/2 cup shredded Parmesan

salt and pepper to taste

* I bought a .66 oz package at the market that contained all three.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash the cauliflower. I soaked mine upside down in a big bowl of water to get any grit out of the nooks and crannies. Keep the leaves on. Hold each one over the sink by the stem and spray with olive oil. Tuck the herbs into all of the crevices as shown.

Place on a rimmed baking sheet with the onions and any remaining herbs. Drizzle each cauliflower with about a tablespoon of olive oil, season with salt and pepper, then turn them over so that the stems face up. Roast for 20 minutes then turn them so that the stems are facing down. Continue roasting for another 15-20 minutes minutes. Sprinkle with the grated Parmesan, then top with the shredded and roast until cauliflower is tender and the onions are dark brown, about another 10-12 minutes longer.  Serve on per person, with the onions and remaining cheese mixture to the side.

Freshly washed baby cauliflower:


Herbs tucked behind the leaves: