Roasted Cheddar Cauliflower

You guys. This Roasted Cheddar Cauliflower will blow your mind! Sharp white cheddar melted all over  roasted cauliflower, doesn’t get better than that!

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Except for a nice, fat, juicy steak.

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Now because we we’re grilling big juicy steaks…

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Because I had cauliflower in the fridge…

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I also had this yummy Kerrygold cheddar and I needed a vessel to get it to my mouth, and pronto.

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Who doesn’t keep bacon fat in their fridge?

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And all good recipes are seasoned simply with salt and pepper.

Now let’s roast some cauliflower shall we?

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Start by removing as much core as you can.

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Then, one by one, slice off the cauliflower florets. There could very well be an easier way to do this… So just do whatever way you know best!

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Trim any large ones and toss all of them into a large bowl.

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Drizzle with some warmed bacon renderings. Why bacon fat? Well, sometimes I just wanna switch things up, and plus bacon fat is yummy!

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Season the cauliflower with sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper, then stick them in the preheated 450 degree oven and roast until tender, about 18-20 minutes.

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After they’ve roasted, scoot them into the center of the sheet pan.

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Top with the cup of freshly grated yummy Kerrygold cheddar cheese and place back into the oven until melted, about 2-3 minutes or so.

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Once the cheddar is melted toss around to get all the cauliflower covered with cheese.

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Try to resist from snagging a few. Wait, never mind, go ahead! It’s pretty impossible to resist.

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These are delicious. Truly.

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Roasted and cheddary (which is so not a word) cauliflowery deliciousness!

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The Roasted Cheddar Cauliflower definitely rounds out a steak dinner, but the cauliflower works next to pretty much anything. I love them. A lot.

Enjoy! And if you give this Roasted Cheddar Cauliflower recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Roasted Cheddar Cauliflower

You guys. This Roasted Cheddar Cauliflower will blow your mind! Sharp white cheddar melted all over roasted cauliflower, doesn't get better than that! Easy and delicious!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: about 20 minutes

Total Time: about 35 minutes


1 large head of cauliflower, cored and cut into medium florets

2 tablespoons warmed bacon fat

a few pinches of kosher salt

a few turns of freshly ground black pepper

1 cup freshly grated white cheddar


Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

In a large bowl toss the cauliflower florets with the two tablespoons of bacon fat.

Scatter the florets on a rimmed sheet pan {preferably aluminum}, and season with sea salt and pepper. Cook until tender, about 20 minutes, tossing halfway through.

Finally scoot the cauliflower to center of sheet and top with the cup of grated cheddar.

Return to oven and cook until cheese melts, about 2 minutes. Toss again before serving.

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27 Responses to “Roasted Cheddar Cauliflower”

  1. #
    Vanessa — May 19, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Hellooooooo cauliflower!!
    This looks so good..bookmarking!

  2. #
    Allison at Novice Life — May 19, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Yum – this looks wonderful!!

  3. #
    Andrea the Kitchen Witch — May 19, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Cauliflower roasted as exquisitely as this is deserves that Kerrygold cheese on it!! YUM! Perfect vessel for getting the cheese into your mouth 🙂

  4. #
    Pretend Chef — May 19, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    This is the perfect side dish to that beautiful steak. I love roasting veggies and adding cheese is a wonderful addition. Yummy!

  5. #
    jennifer — May 19, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I LOVE cheesy cauliflower! So Good!

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    A Feast for the Eyes — May 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Besides, steak, we love cauliflower. Roasting it is my favorite way to enjoy it. Who knew that adding bacon fat could be so delicious? My husband is a bacon fanatic. Healthy? Well, sometimes we just have to throw caution to the wind and enjoy! Nice photos!

  7. #
    One Woman... — May 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Roasted cauliflower?? Yes please!….

    Roasted cauliflower with cheese??? Heck yes!!!!

  8. #
    Aarthi — May 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm


  9. #
    Aimee — May 19, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    oh yum, that looks fantastic.

  10. #
    Brenda — May 20, 2011 at 12:36 am

    you are amazing! yummm

  11. #
    Amanda — May 20, 2011 at 1:23 am

    YUMMY! i picked up that exact cheese at the store last week and i'm in LOVE! this looks amazing.

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    yasmeen — May 20, 2011 at 4:23 am

    cheese and cauliflower are just meant to be together. that looks like a hell of a meal!

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    Pretty. Good. Food. — May 20, 2011 at 5:03 am

    I find this to be the best way to prepare veggies of any kind :)!

  14. #
    thechurchcook — May 20, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I second that Amen! What simply wonderful recipe. Just like you! Have a great weekend, Laurie!!

  15. #
    Tiffany — May 20, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I love roasted veggies! The cheese is great too!

  16. #
    ravienomnoms — May 20, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I am not a a big fan of cauliflower, but I have never had it roasted. I wonder if I would like it this way? I love roasted veggies SO much, I think I am going to try it.

  17. #
    Erin — May 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Wow – that cauliflower sounds amazing! Bacon grease and roasting it – oh my. Who needs the steak?!

  18. #
    Rochelle — May 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I LOVE roasted cauliflower! It's so good by itself and with the cheddar on top, it's got to be to die for 🙂

  19. #
    sliceofsouthern — May 21, 2011 at 6:01 am

    ummm more please? fantastic! you have such a way of taking simple ingredients and making genius dishes out of them…

  20. #
    Mary — May 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    This is amazing! I love creamy cauliflower and cheese, but this sounds even better. Must find myself a cauliflower, stat!

  21. #
    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — May 22, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Kerrygold is seriously the best cheddar cheese ever! YUM!

  22. #
    Saranya — May 23, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    First time here … following you ..Your blog is simply superb..Do visit my blog when time permits and hope you will follow me too !!

  23. #
    Kita — May 24, 2011 at 2:43 am

    I came here for healthy cauliflower, and was distracted by red meat! This sounds like a great side dish, Im going to have to sneak this in and see if the BF picks around an entire tray of cauliflower.

  24. #
    Sarah — May 24, 2011 at 4:18 am

    Yes. Please. This looks incredible!

  25. #
    Alysa — May 28, 2011 at 4:47 am

    We love roasted cauliflower…even the kids. The bacon fat and cheese just put it over the top with Y-U-M. Wow!


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