The Back Story
Who woulda thunk that cauliflower could actually become addictive? But it’s true. With this dead-simple, high-temperature roasting process known as caramelization, basic off-the-rack cauliflower is miraculously transformed into sweet, lip-smackin' candy bombs that the kids in your world—and even you—won't be able to get enough of.
1 head cauliflower
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon salt
What To Do
1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
2. Cut out and discard cauliflower core and thick stems. Trim remaining cauliflower into florets the size of golf balls. In a large bowl, add cauliflower, olive oil, and salt. Toss thoroughly.
3. Spread cauliflower on a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper, if available, for easy cleanup). Roast for 1 hour, or until much of each floret has become golden brown. (That's the caramelization process converting the dormant natural sugars into sweetness). The browner the florets, the sweeter they will taste. Turn 3 or 4 times during roasting.
4. Use crumpled up aluminum foil or paper towels to create a false bottom in your popcorn container, fill it with cauliflower, and serve immediately.
Yield 4 servings
Uncommon goods An empty movie theater popcorn container or aluminum Jiffy Pop package
Level of difficulty The same as making real popcorn.
Active prep 10 minutes
Inactive cooking time 1 hour
Shortcuts Buy the precut cauliflower in the lazy boy section of the produce department.
Advance work Raw cauliflower can be precut and refrigerated for up to 2 days in an airtight bag or a bowl of water. With minimal sacrifice, cauliflower can be cooked earlier in the day and reheated in a 450°F oven for 10 minutes.