This may sound like the MOST boring recipe on my blog and I’ll admit the photographs are pretty bland. If you’ve tried cauliflower rice and HATED it (like I did)- I beg you to try roasting it in the oven. I tried several versions of cauliflower rice and I just plain hated them all. They tasted like dirt, the texture was weird and it almost felt like eating raw cauliflower- which I’m not down with.
I realize that you can buy pre riced cauliflower in bags, which is more convenient (and also more expensive than doing it yourself.) The taste when you rice it at home in the food processor is SO much fresher.
This cauliflower develops a slightly nutty flavor in the oven, softens beautifully and I would almost compare the texture to couscous instead of rice. There are also lovely browned bits that develop from the bottom of the pan when roasting. I’ve remade this recipe several times with some broccoli and a quick chicken stiry fry, and it microwaves beautifully for leftovers the next day.
Ingredients: (makes enough for 3-4 servings when used with a protein & another veggie)
- 1 Large Cauliflower, leaves and stem removed and cut into florets
- 1/2 Teaspoon Black pepper
- 1/2 Teaspoon salt
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Teaspoons Toasted Sesame Oil (if desired)
- 1 Clove Garlic, minced
- Preheat your oven to 425 Degrees. Remove the stem and leaves from your cauliflower and dice it into small florets. Pile the florets into a food processor and pulse several times until your cauliflower is the consistency of small grains of rice.
2. On a large sheet pan with sides, drizzle or spray your olive oil and make sure to spread it around so it coats the entire surface of the pan. Spread your cauliflower out onto the pan, adding salt, pepper and a finely minced clove of garlic.
3. Stir until all ingredients are well combined, spread back out into a thin layer, and bake for 25 minutes. Halfway through cooking time, take the cauliflower out and use a spatula to scrape the bottom and stir so that it will all brown evenly. It should look similar to this when the cooking time is up. If you are using sesame oil, drizzle it over now and stir.
This is so good! I will never ever make cauliflower rice any other way. Here it is with some simple sesame chicken and broccoli- You could make fried rice, burritio bowls, top with shrimp and bacon, serve some salmon on top (the options are endless.)