Cauliflower was not one of my preferred vegetables until I came up with this super simple roasted sweet and spicy cauliflower recipe.
One important thing to know about vegetables is that with the right cooking method, the sweetness gets stronger and the vegetable more yummy. In my opinion, roasting is the best way to make most vegetables taste better. The roasting process caramelizes the sugars and makes it better! Enhance the sweetness with some maple syrup, add a little spice and salt and it’s something I REALLY want to eat.
Cauliflower is part of the cabbage family and cabbages are all on the bitter side. Kale, broccoli and Brussels sprouts are all part of that family too. That bitterness is why many of us don’t like those vegetables. So let’s go back to flavors 101 and address that bitterness.
Our taste buds tell us that something tastes great when there is a balance between salt, sweet, bitter and sour. So to make cauliflower more appealing we’ll balance the bitter with sweet in the form of maple syrup (or your preferred sweetener) and salt. Adding a hint of a spicy element like cayenne pepper, chili flakes or hot sauce will wake up your taste buds and amplify all those other flavors. Even if you don’t like spicy foods, just add a pinch of cayenne or red chile flakes and you’ll taste the difference without feeling the heat.
This sweet and spicy cauliflower recipe is super simple. Just six ingredients that you probably have in your pantry, will transform cauliflower into a dish you will be excited to put on a holiday table.