Main Meals

Roast cauliflower with stuffing

6 to 8
15 minutes
45 minutes–1 hour

“The golden rule for cauliflower is that it pairs well with anything creamy, nutty or with a good hit of acidity. Hazelnuts and lemon make this roast version a super-delicious main course.”- Bianca Strydom

Wine/Spirit Pairing
Woolworths Thelema Chardonnay

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  • 250 g breadcrumbs
  • 2 heads cauliflower
  • olive oil, for drizzling
  • sea salt, to taste
  • white pepper, to taste
  • 100 g hazelnuts
  • 8 fresh bay leaves
  • 2 T olive oil
  • lemon zest, for serving
  • For the brown butter-and-lemon sauce
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 250 g cold butter, cubed
  • salt, to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs onto a baking tray, place the cauliflower on top, then drizzle with olive oil and season.

2. Cover with foil and roast for 35 minutes. Remove the foil, then stud the cauliflower with the hazelnuts and bay leaves. Roast at 200°C until golden brown.

3. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Place the lemon juice in a saucepan and reduce until syrupy over a medium heat. Remove from the heat and slowly whisk in the butter until the sauce is thick, then season with salt.

4. Serve the roast cauliflower and breadbrumbs topped with the lemon butter sauce and lemon zest.

Cook’s note: Cook the cauliflower in the air-fryer at 180°C until tender and caramelised, about 10–15 minutes. You could use olive oil instead of butter for the sauce. Grate over Woolies’ Plant Powered dairy- free hard cheese if you like.

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Photographs: Jan Ras
Production: Bianca Strydom
Food assistant: Ellah Maepa



Bianca Strydom

Recipe by: Bianca Strydom

Prue Leith-trained chef Bianca Strydom cut her teeth working in some of the country's top fine dining restaurants – including former Eat Out number one restaurants The Restaurant at Waterkloof and La Colombe – before joining TASTE in 2018. Her favourite recipes to develop? Boujee breakfast recipes. Follow her on Instagram @biancast__.

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