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whole roasted cauliflower with feta cheese sauce

Recipe: Whole roasted cauliflower with feta cheese sauce

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Servings 4 people


Boiled cauliflower

  • 1 head cauliflower around 1000 g
  • salt
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 garlic head
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Cauliflower in the oven

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ lemon
  • 400 g crushed tomatoes

Feta cheese sauce

  • 30 g butter 2 tbsp
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 250 ml cream
  • 500 ml milk
  • 150 g feta cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 pinch nutmeg


Boiling cauliflower

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil (the cauliflower should fit to float upside down in it)
  • Remove the leaves and cut away the bottom core of the cauliflower (important to make it flat so it can stand on its own in the oven)
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the pot and place the cauliflower with the core facing up and boil for around 15 min then drain it.

Prepare cauliflower for the oven

  • Place the cauliflower in an oven form that fits rather snugly around (we want just enough room for pouring in the tomatoes later on)
  • Mince garlic and mix with smoked paprika, thyme and oil. Brush it evenly all over the cauliflower then squeeze the remaining ½ of the lemon over it
  • Bake for 30 min then add the crushed tomatoes in the oven form and bake another 10 min

Feta cheese sauce

  • While the cauliflower is in the oven you can prepare the feta sauce. Start by melting the butter in a saucepan then whisk in the flour and let it heat up another minute while stirring
  • To save some time I usually heat up the milk and cream in the microwave before adding it to the pan. Add salt and rosemary, whisk until smooth and bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and let it simmer for 10 min.
  • Add the feta cheese in crumbles and whisk until melted. Cook until melted then finish with a pinch of nutmeg.
  • Serve the cauliflower hot and pour over feta cheese sauce!