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…..
One package frozen cauliflower (32 ounces) Extra virgin olive oil Minced garlic Dried thyme Parmesan Cheese 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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When this question is asked at the table I tend to ramble on about the types of oils and other ingredients in the dish. Over time I’ve come to understand that our guests don’t want to know what’s in the dish but rather how did I make this?
It’s a clear sign I need to write it down. So I did.
two medium to large zucchini, sliced into one half inch coins
half one large red pepper, diced
one third sweet onion, diced
one cup frozen corn
one clove garlic, minced
grape seed oil
extra virgin olive oil
pinch dried basil
salt and pepper to taste
Heat approximately one tablespoon of grape seed and olive oils over medium heat in a frying pan large enough to hold the squash without overlapping.
Add the squash coins, flip the heat to high and fry until the squash is golden brown and caramelized.
Flip the squash and repeat.
When both sides of the squash are browned and caramelized remove from the pan, place into a bowl and set aside.
Reduce heat back to medium, add a few dashes of EVO, onions, and red pepper. Saute for about five minutes.
Add the corn and saute for another five minutes.
Add garlic and swiftly saute for about a minute.
Add the reserved squash back to the pan, pinch of basil, salt and pepper to taste.
Gently mix together and remove from the heat.
Serve immediately or if allowed to fully cool, rewarm over low heat for a few minutes taking care not to overcook the squash.
Welcome to the first Special Edition of the Tiny Taste Tester. It’s special because we combined culinary pursuits with face making exercises. The Tiny Taste Tester ate everything we put in front of her. I would call that a success.
The relative success of making faces training is not for the trainer to decide.
Sometimes you have odds and ends in the fridge. This was the inspiration for Scraps Frittata which in the end turned out fine. The other night at a bring a dish dinner I was asked to bring some Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan for a side veggie. Our gracious host well known for his blunt honesty said,
“Maybe we shouldn’t have microwaved the cauliflower. The texture was different.”
I agreed. The veggie was kind of mushy. Maybe I shouldn’t have made the cauliflower earlier, covered the dish with aluminum foil, then microwaved it for serving. This veggie is obviously best served immediately from the oven.
Our host who does not like leftovers besides Good Pie didn’t want the rest of the veggie so I took it back home. What do you do with about 3 cups of leftover mushy roasted cauliflower?