Cauliflower Popcorn

I heard this recipe on CBC radio the other day (I forget the program), where they proclaimed kids will love it.

What you need:

  1. 1 head of cauliflower
  2. olive oil
  3. salt
  4. oven
  5. bowl
  6. spoon or bowl cover
  7. baking sheet or roasting pan

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Cut out and discard cauliflower core and thick stems.
  3. Break apart florets into big popcorn size pieces and place in bowl.
  4. Pour olive oil over florets and sprinkle with salt.
  5. If you have the bowl’s cover, cover it and shake the mixture up; else, stir it well.
  6. Spread the florets evenly on the baking sheet or pan.
  7. Bake for about an hour, until the florets are evenly brown.

The browning is caused by sugars caramelizing, which is triggered by the high heat. The radio guy said kids will love it; it’s sweet and fun to make.

I haven’t tried it yet. How about trying it in one of your cooking segments, Phillip? It’s not a Newfoundland dish, but what the hell.

Update (Jan. 18, 2006): I recorded a video of my daughter and I making this. Phillip edited it.

4 Replies to “Cauliflower Popcorn”

  1. Bacon loaf isn’t a Newfoundland dish either, but we’re in Newfoundland when we make it, so that’s good enough. We’re cooking spagetti squash on the next ‘Sunday Morning Scoff.’ After that, we’ll do this cauliflower popcorn. Anything with salt has gotta be good.

  2. You heard that on Definitely Not the Opera, and it was an interview with the Surreal Gourmet, Bob Blumer (sic?). It was a fun interview, and I quite enjoy his show.

  3. Update! I made roasted cauliflower soup yesterday (tasty!) and based it off this recipe. Before the cauliflower comes out of the oven, brown some onion in butter in a medium-sized pot (should hold the cauliflower and the liquid). Once the cauliflower has roasted, throw it into a pot with about 6-8 cups of water with a little bit of stock and let it boil; once it’s boiled, put the lid on, let simmer for about 15 minutes, and then puree (either with a wand or in a blender). You could grate some cheese and sprinkle it on the top when you serve it, or shake some parmisgan over it.

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