Ladies, gentlemen, and everyone else in the gender spectrum, I present to you: The Queen Of Cauliflower. Make it for your friends, your Tinder person, or even for yourself. You can thank me later.
NOTE: While the original dish was stuffed with halloumi, I chose to recreate it without the cheese. If you aren’t vegan, I highly recommend pan-frying some halloumi to eat with the cauliflower or stuffing the cauliflower with the halloumi before putting it on the oven. The recipe for the skhug was adapted from the following recipes on Cooking Crossroads and Jimena Experience.
Queen of Cauliflower Recipe
Serves 2 hungry people or 4 less hungry people.
Cauliflower + Marinade/Glaze
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- generous pinch of sea salt and black pepper
- pomegranates, to garnish
- pine nuts, to garnish
- tahini, to garnish
- 3 cups loose cilantro
- 5 garlic cloves
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 or 1/2 serrano/jalapeño pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- sea salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 205ºC/400ºF.
- In a small pan over low heat, melt the coconut oil.
- Whisk the paprika, turmeric, sea salt and pepper into the coconut oil.
- Chop the ends and leaves off the cauliflower. Place the cauliflower in a baking tray and generously brush and cover the cauliflower with the coconut oil and spice mixture.
- Roast for 45 minutes to an hour, until the cauliflower begins to char.
- While the cauliflower is roasting, prepare the skhug by blending all of the skhug ingredients in a food processor. Set the skhug aside.
- Heat a pan up on high heat. Add the pine nuts and toast until golden brown, stirring every now and then to prevent them from burning.
- Once the cauliflower is done, remove from the oven and garnish with the skhug, pine nuts, tahini, and pomegranate.