Roasted cauliflower with aromatic sage+brown butter

October 24, 2013

roasted caul brown sage butHere’s a dish I ordered at a little Italian restaurant in Santa Fe. It was so good I had to try to replicate it.  Here’s a recipe for yummy roasted cauliflower with sage and brown butter. If you’re a vegetarian, this could be a really good main course, served with a crusty bread.


1 head cauliflower cut into bite-sized florets

3-4 tablespoons unsalted butter

approximately 2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage leaves

Salt substitute (or sea salt) to taste

Ground black pepper to taste

So let’s begin:  Preheat the oven to 400°F.

I don’t like my cauliflower al dente, so I steam it first, until it’s almost tender. If you don’t like softer cauliflower, don’t do this step. Go straight to this:

1.Put the cut cauliflower on a baking sheet with sides or a narrow rimmed baking pan. I use a glass pan.

2. Over medium heat, melt the butter over medium heat, then cook until it just browns (2-3 minutes). Careful not to burn it! You’ll know it’s there when you smell a lovely nutty aroma.

3.Add the olive oil and sage and pour over  cauliflower. Salt, pepper and toss in the spiced mixure til coated.

4. Roast the cauliflower for 30 to 35 minutes. Stir and toss half-way through to be sure it cooks evenly. It’s done when it is light brown around the edges.  Ready to serve! Smells delicious and tastes fantastic.

The restaurant served it in this small bowl. It was hard to get leverage to cut it and the sauce pooled at the bottom. I would use a larger receptacle or simply plate it with the main course, if you have one.


16 comments on “Roasted cauliflower with aromatic sage+brown butter
  1. Valerie says:

    Tis the season for roasted vegetables! Can’t wait to try this…

  2. beth says:

    love roasted cauliflower w olive oil instead; a bit healthier. also roasted brussels sprouts

  3. b says:

    Headed to Santa Fe next week…what was the restaurant name? This sound delicious.

    b+ (retireinstyleblog)

  4. I don’t know why I haven’t been able to bond with cauliflower. I’ve tried to reason that it’s like white broccoli, but (shudder)…nope. But this recipe shows cauliflower in a yummier light, so I’m going to try it. After all I didn’t like asparagus until five years ago.

  5. Adrian R says:

    I have never tried sage on cauliflower. I am looking forward to try this. Luckily my family likes broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts.

  6. Susan Cooper says:

    This looks fabulous. I love sage! Can’t wait to try this. Have you used the colored cauliflower in this dish? 🙂

  7. My husband loves cauliflower so I’m always looking for something new to do with it. He’s going to love this recipe. I think I’ll try it without steaming it the first time to see if I can skip that step. If it’s too crunchy I’ll try it steamed the next time.
    Thanks for linking this up to our Thanksgiving projects post.

  8. Oh, that looks like something my family would love!! I am always on the lookout for new side dishes for the holidays!!
    Thanks for linking up with The Blog with Friends Thanksgiving Projects! 😀

  9. This sounds like a great side dish for Thanksgiving especially those looking to cut carbs. Thank you for linking up.

  10. I use a similar mixture with my roaster butternut squash. I absolutely love cauliflower, especially when roasted, and can’t wait to give this recipe a try. Thanks!

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