Roasted Cauliflower with a Tahini Glaze
At the moment, one of my favourite things is roasted cauliflower, so I decided to take a stab at making it, and making it with a nice glaze to add a lot of flavour to a vegetable that, otherwise, is considered to be a little bit bland. Make it, try it and let me know what you think!! It's pretty easy to make.
Yield: 4 servings (depending on the size of the cauliflower)
1 head Cauliflower, some of the core and bigger leaves removed
Salted Water Enough to cook the cauliflower
4 Tbsp Olive oil
To Taste Kosher salt
To Taste Fresh ground black pepper
4 Tbsp Tahini
2 tsp Garlic, minced
1 1/2 Tbsp Honey
2 Tbsp Sambal Oelek (Spicy Sauce)
4 Tbsp Hot water (to adjust glaze's consistency)
Turn the oven on, set to broil on high.
In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil. The water should taste like the ocean when you are going to blanch vegetables. It should be a rapid boil, which means water has large and constant bubbles. And make sure the pot is large enough to fit the whole cauliflower, and there is enough water to submerge it in.
When you add the cauliflower, the water will stop boiling. Once it starts boiling again, leave it in the water for one to two minutes.
Remove cauliflower from the boiling water using a pair of tongs. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Rub the cauliflower with the olive oil, season with salt and pepper and place in the oven.
To make the glaze: in a bowl combine the tahini, garlic, honey, Sambal Oelek and hot water until runny but still coating the back of a spoon. So you might have to adjust the amount of hot water for this.
Once the tops of the cauliflower start to brown, remove from the oven, brush all the glaze on it and place in the oven again until it starts to brown. Make sure it is still somewhat runny and do not over-brown.
Top with pomegranate seeds and serve immediately.
Other toppings and garnishes could include: roasted pine-nuts, roasted and roughly chopped cashews, fresh roughly chopped herbs like parsley or cilantro or a combination of any of these.