Have you ever roasted frozen vegetables? Me neither. But a quick referral to Dr. Google offers up recipes and instructions for this time and money saving technique. Maybe this method actually works (because everything you read on the internet is TRUTH). So a few weeks ago during a Pandemic Pantry shopping trip I picked up a few one pound bags of frozen cauliflower ( a buck a bag). I also bought a small jar of minced garlic which I promised my younger self I would never use because fresh is better until I used some at my son’s house. Hmmm…..
Here’s the original Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan post from several years ago. Here’s what’s in the oven right now:
Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic and Parmesan
One package frozen cauliflower (32 ounces)
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and black pepper
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Place the florets into a baking/roasting pan with sides.
- Spread the pieces into the pan. Make sure they don’t touch each other.
- Drizzle the cauliflower with olive oil. Toss with a spoon. You want a nice thin coating of oil on each piece.
- Lightly salt and pepper, dust with Parmesan and sprinkle with a hint of thyme.
- Add two tablespoons of minced garlic. Toss lightly again
- Place in the oven and roast for approximately 35-40 minutes. Shake the pan or stir/toss every 10 minutes or so to ensure most of the surfaces of each floret get browned (this is why you want a pan with sides).
- When nicely browned add a handful of shredded Parmesan cheese over the cauliflower. Roast for an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
- Transfer the cauliflower to a serving bowl and add more Parmesan.
TIPS – The amount of garlic is personal preference and dependent upon how garlicky you like your food and the number of guests at the table. Same for the cheese but you can never have too much cheese or garlic. This dish is not vegan but if you must, leave out the cheese. Don’t forget the shake and/or stir part because when you use minced garlic it can and will burn.
Lessons learned – minced garlic DOES burn but despite appearances did not taste burned at all. Also, one pound of frozen cauliflower is not a lot of cauliflower.
Unfortunately this dish is also Not Tiny Taste Tester Approved. She was not present for my roasted frozen vegetable experiment.
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