Paprika, Rosemary & Cheese Cauliflower Popcorn made with fresh cauliflower mini florets; then roasted with paprika, rosemary and Parmesan cheese.
If you recall, I attended an event in March hosted by Buick and Food & Wine Magazine called the Buick Discovery Tour.
While one of the guest chefs was preparing their dish, they were randomly talking about food and asking questions from the audience. I wish I could remember who it was, but all I heard was Cauliflower Popcorn.
Sometimes, that's all it takes and the wheels start spinning. My friend and I looked at each other and immediately thought that would make a PERFECT next recipe to try with cauliflower.
So we started thinking up different concoctions and of course it had to have cheese! Well the weeks got away from me, the cauliflower at the market didn't look fresh, and I forgot.
Well I didn't technically forget, I put it in the Notes section on my phone and then never looked at it.
I do that ALL THE TIME! I have to go in there at least once a month to clean it out from the random things I think of and "jot" down and then forget to look at. Does this happen to anyone else?
Alright then, guess it's just me! Anyway, I finally bought a decent head of cauliflower recently and gave this paprika, rosemary and cheese version a try.
Why is it called Cauliflower Popcorn?
They say it's popcorn, but technically, it's just cauliflower cut up smaller than you normally would when roasting.
For this recipe you'll need the following ingredients:
- head of fresh cauliflower
- extra virgin olive oil
- kosher salt
- fresh chopped rosemary
- grated pecorino romano cheese
How do you make Cauliflower Popcorn?
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut down the cauliflower into small, bite-sized pieces by removing the stems and stalks with a sharp knife.
Rinse under cold water, pat dry and add to a bowl. In a small bowl, combine the oil, salt, paprika, and rosemary; then add to the cauliflower. Mix well.
Place the cauliflower on a baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes until golden brown; turning halfway. Remove from the oven, then sprinkle the cheese on top of the hot cauliflower; toss to coat.
My family and I LOVED this roasted cauliflower recipe. I actually prefer my cauliflower in smaller pieces as it gives it a sweeter flavor as well. ~Enjoy!
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Paprika, Rosemary and Cheese Cauliflower Popcorn
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Cut down the cauliflower into small, bite-sized pieces by removing the stems and stalks with a sharp knife. Rinse under cold water, pat dry and add to a bowl.
- In a small bowl, combine the oil, salt, paprika, and rosemary; then add to the cauliflower. Mix well.
- Place the cauliflower on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown; turn halfway.
- Remove from the oven, then sprinkle the cheese on top of the hot cauliflower; toss to coat.