Cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli and cauliflower, are at the peak of perfection in late fall. Now is the time to take advantage of that perfection to enjoy them as often as you can. And here are four great ways to do just that.

Roasted Cauliflower Four Ways

recipe from Cookie and Kate

multiple heads of cauliflower in a basketIngredients:

Basic roasted cauliflower

  • 1 large head of cauliflower (any color)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, as needed
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the Italian version, you’ll also need:

  • ¾ cup (about 1 ounce) finely grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh Italian parsley, for garnish
  • Finely grated lemon zest, for garnish
  • Red pepper flakes (omit if sensitive to spice), for garnish

For the Mexican version, you’ll also need:

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ cup raw pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
  • Finely grated lime zest, for garnish

For the Indian version, you’ll also need:

  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
  • Red pepper flakes (omit if sensitive to spice), for garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  2. To prepare the cauliflower, use a chef’s knife to slice off the nubby base, then quarter it into four even wedges. Slice off the inner core areas, leaving the rest intact. Then slice each piece into ½″ wide pieces, breaking apart any particularly large florets.
  3. Place the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet, drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Toss until the ingredients are evenly distributed and the cauliflower is lightly coated in oil, adding drizzle of oil if necessary.

If you’re making basic roasted cauliflower, arrange the cauliflower in an even layer and bake until it’s deeply golden on the edges, tossing halfway, about 25 to 30 minutes.

If you’re making the Italian version, arrange the cauliflower in an even layer and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, toss, and then sprinkle the Parmesan over the cauliflower. Return to the oven and bake until the cauliflower is deeply golden on the edges, about 10 to 15 more minutes. Sprinkle the cauliflower with parsley, lemon zest, and red pepper flakes (if using).

If you’re making the Mexican version, sprinkle the cauliflower with cumin and chili powder and toss until well blended. Arrange the cauliflower in an even layer and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, toss, and sprinkle the pepitas over the center area of the pan (if you sprinkle them too close to the edges, they might burn). Return to the oven and bake until the cauliflower is deeply golden on the edges, about 10 to 15 more minutes. Sprinkle the cauliflower with cilantro and lemon zest.

If you’re making the Indian version, sprinkle the cauliflower with curry powder and toss until well blended. Arrange the cauliflower in an even layer and bake until it’s deeply golden on the edges, tossing halfway, about 25 to 30 minutes. Sprinkle the cauliflower with cilantro and red pepper flakes (if using).

Notes: If you want to be dairy-free, for the Italian version, omit the Parmesan or sprinkle on vegan Parmesan after baking. All the other variations are dairy-free as written.

Don’t forget to check out our recipe archive for more cozy cauliflower recipes.