Monday, January 23, 2012

Lemon Cheddar Baked Cauliflower

I love cauliflower.  It's great plain, baked, sauteed, or pureed.  It's a perfect vegetable that really can be altered so that anyone will love it.  And in our house, we do love it.  This recipe is flavorful but not overpower and it is simple to execute.  A fantastic side dish that I pair with anything.  It's pretty similar to my broccoli recipe.  But grated sharp cheddar makes this dish shine.

1 head cauliflower
4 garlic cloves
3 T olive oil
1/4 C freshly grated sharp cheddar
Juice of 1 lemon

Preheat the oven to 500°. Chop the head of cauliflower into about 1/2 inch florets.  Mince the garlic as well.

Place the cauliflower in a baking pan and add the garlic and drizzle the olive oil on top.  Put the whole pan in the oven for 15 minutes.

Grate the cheddar and set aside.  Juice the lemon and put in a bowl.

The cauliflower should be slightly browned and cooked through.

Once the cauliflower has baked, toss in the lemon juice and add the cheddar cheese.  Toss well as the cheese melts.  Serve warm and enjoy the goodness!

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