Monday, November 10, 2008

Cauliflower Popcorn

Hubby found this recipe in one of his magazines and we thought we'd give it a try. If you have some cauliflower around you might give it a try. I made the pieces much smaller than in the recipe, more the size of popcorn and we didn't salt until after putting it in paper towel lined bowls. With the size change it only took about 25 minutes to bake and I watched it a lot to keep from burning. We were trying to think of an advantage to using this over the real popcorn and couldn't really come up with a good reason. Cauliflower is a healthy choice of fiber as is corn... anyway give it a try you might like it.

Cauliflower Popcorn (yields 12 bites)

1 head cauliflower
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 movie-popcorn container or empty Jiffy Pop container

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Cut out and discard cauliflower core and thick stems. Trim remaining cauliflower into florets the size of golf balls. In a large bowl, add cauliflower, olive oil and salt. Toss thoroughly.

Spread cauliflower on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, if available, for easy cleanup. Roast for one hour or until much of each floret has become golden brown. That’s the caramelization process converting the dormant natural sugars into sweetness. The browner the florets, the sweeter they’ll taste. Turn three or four times during roasting.

Use crumpled-up aluminum foil or paper towels to create a false bottom in your popcorn container. Fill it with cauliflower and serve immediately.


Anonymous said...

This type of roasting works with early any firm vegetable, including carrots, broccoli and green beans. It shrinks a lot so an entire package of frozen cauliflower can be finished off in one sitting by two or three people. Any leftovers are great in a salad with balsamic vinegar.

Anonymous said...

LOL I can think of one advantage- my husband has this weird paranoia about corn. He seriously thinks that it is a conspiracy that there is corn or corn syrup in everything. He is now trying to avoid corn in general, in protest to this. You know, so he doesn't die of corn poisoning :eye roll:

Michelle said...

Wow, what a great idea. I love Cauliflower. Yummy. Goes great with ranch.

Tammy said...

I sure looks yummy, I think we may have to make this.

Becki said...

Huh. How interesting...

marjean said...

Thanks, I made this tonight to go with Lemon and Rosemary chicken and Roasted Red Peppers. It was "divine."