I recently roasted a chicken using a smoked paprika rub and decided to try it on a whole cauliflower. It was totally delicious! I recommend serving it as a vegan or vegetarian main with a big green salad.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Trim large leaves off the cauliflower. Trim stalk so cauliflower can sit flat in a Dutch oven.

  • Grind fennel seeds with a mortar and pestle. Mix in smoked paprika, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Whisk in olive oil to form a paste. Rub the paste all over the cauliflower. Drizzle lemon juice all over.

  • Bake in the preheated oven, covered, until tender, about 30 minutes. Uncover and baste with any juices that have pooled at the base. Continue baking, uncovered, until top is browned and center feels completely tender when pierced with a paring knife, about 15 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can use this technique with all sorts of seasoning variations. Try it with your favorite spice blend (homemade or storebought).

Nutrition Facts

171 calories; protein 3.6g; carbohydrates 12.4g; fat 14.2g; sodium 1143.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (53)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/19/2020
If you can't get the fennel, 1tsp five spice is a great sub. We are not vegetarian by far but this makes a great side dish to sausages, or pork chops. We normally eat our food with rice, but texture wise we prefer this dish with sausages and mashed or au gratin potatoes. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/20/2020
Made it, but it took over an hour to cook the cauliflower. It was delicious, but I only gave 3 stars because the time is wrong. Read More
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60 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 33
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 4 stars
03/19/2020
If you can't get the fennel, 1tsp five spice is a great sub. We are not vegetarian by far but this makes a great side dish to sausages, or pork chops. We normally eat our food with rice, but texture wise we prefer this dish with sausages and mashed or au gratin potatoes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2020
WOW! This cauliflower turned out amazing! I really just wanted to see how cooking a whole head of cauliflower would turn out in the oven, and this was perfect. I did not have fennel (nor am I a huge fan of it), so I just left it out and added a touch more paprika and garlic. The end result was a little salty (will use less next time) but it reminded me of BBQ ribs! Even my cauliflower-hating husband liked this..... not that he got to eat much of it. It was so good I ended up eating the whole head in one sitting with a side of rice. Yep- it was THAT good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2020
Delicious. I ate the entire head for dinner. Couldn’t stop Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2020
I loved loved loved this dish! I will make it again and again and share the recipe with friends. Pure deliciousness and filling. It was my dinner tonight. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2020
Delicious! Smoked paprika would make an old boiled boot edible :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2020
Came out great and very tasty. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/20/2020
Made it, but it took over an hour to cook the cauliflower. It was delicious, but I only gave 3 stars because the time is wrong. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2020
No made no changes and it was quite delicious Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2020
This dish has a unique blend of spices, a great taste, and a nice presentation! I made it exactly as written for my husband, not a cauliflower fan, and he raved about it! I will make this again.... and again. Many thanks! Read More
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