Roasted Sesame Cauliflower Dip

by Michael on February 6, 2012 · 5 comments

in Appetizers,Recipes,Vegetarian

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I always wonder what to do with cauliflower. Cauliflower dip?

For some reason it keeps showing up in crisper. So I keep cooking it.  Basically, I don’t like it. I can’t believe it’s related to broccoli. Broccoli’s weird albino cousin that keeps showing at the strangest times. Like Superbowl Sunday. Until I write this statement down, nobody in the United States has muttered “I can’t wait to eat cauliflower this afternoon!” And, I am pretty sure I am the only one bringing cauliflower to the party.

So there is this head of cauliflower in the fridge. Now what (and why does She keep buying this stuff)? Well a quick google search and I see the above title from Food and Wine. Sounds OK but looks like it still has no flavor except for sesame paste. It had a lot, and I mean a lot of sesame paste. Like 1/2 cup!  Anyway I added toasted sesame oil, garlic and made the cilantro and sesame seeds part of the ingredients and not a garnish.

Serve the roasted sesame cauliflower dip with chips or pita bread and try to enjoy. I mean, it is cauliflower after all.

Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2  tablespoons minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon minced garlic (2 large cloves)
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon tahini (sesame paste)
2-4 teaspoons lemon juice (to taste)
3/4 cup greek yogurt
1/4 cup cilantro (leave and stems) chopped
2  tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Trim the stem and leaves from the cauliflower.
Cut the head in half and slice it up.
Toss the cauliflower with the oils, coriander, garlic, ginger, salt and pepper.
Roast in the oven for about 20 – 30 minutes until it starts to brown.

Remove and add it to a flat bottomed bowl.
Mash the mix up with a potato masher a until it’s lumpy but broken down.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
Adjust the the salt, pepper and lemon and serve.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Christine Little February 6, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Cauliflower is wildly popular in our house, roasted! So easy it is ridiculous and roasting it pulls out all the sweetness and eliminates any “brocoliness”

Similar to your recipe above, only much simpler and no mashing. Cut into florets. Toss with olive oil salt, and throw in about 8 peeled cloves of garlic cut in half. When it is done (about 30 minutes on a hot 400 oven) it will be soft and browned. Pull it out, squeeze on half a lemon. Serve with some crusty french bread. Honestly, this goes like popcorn in my house.

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2 Michael February 6, 2012 at 2:48 PM

@Christine Little, at the point that I took it out of the oven, it was pretty good. I’ll try it again. There are few things that the family won’t eat. Cauliflower just happens to be the one that I can think of.

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3 douglas February 9, 2012 at 4:04 AM

Love the blog

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4 Christine February 24, 2012 at 5:22 AM

What a great blog

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5 Babi April 16, 2012 at 2:42 AM

Sheryl Posted on So fun!!!When you really think of it, what a aondrm thing for a 4 year old to love (and KNOW!) haha Aren’t they supposed to love Sesame Street or dump trucks? I love it though. So unique

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