Flowering cauliflower (also known as Fioretto which means “little flower” in Italian) is a hybrid cross between cauliflower and broccoli. It has long, tender stems with small florets (almost making it look like an edible bouquet!).
Flowering cauliflower is sweet, tender, and (in my opinion) tastier than traditional cauliflower. You can enjoy the entire plant from the stems to the florets, so there is no waste with this dish.
There are many ways to enjoy flowering cauliflower, one of which is a quick 20 minute oven roast. The stems get nice and tender, and the florets crisp slightly at the top. Great to enjoy as the main vegetable of a meal or as a side dish.
Serves 2 as a main dish or 4 as a side.
1/2 Pound Flowering Cauliflower, torn apart into bite sized pieces
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
~1/2 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
~1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
- First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line your sheet pan with parchment paper, place flowering cauliflower pieces on top, and drizzle with olive oil (*add more if desired to coat pieces). Toss pieces until coated. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top.
- Roast florets for approximately 20 minutes in the oven on the top shelf (tossing at the halfway mark). Reduce cooking time if florets looked crisped.
- Serve immediately and enjoy.
*Tip: I paired my roasted flowering cauliflower with couscous, kale, a drizzle of local yogurt, parsley, and chili flakes for a quick meal.
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