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GoNOLA Recipes at Home: Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese

Along with bone marrow luges, cauliflower is an oft-cited top food trend for 2015. Low in fat and carbohydrates, cauliflower is of the cruciferous family, meaning it’s also packed with disease-fighting phytochemicals and fiber. With all that in mind, this roasted, whole preparation from Domenica is perhaps just a vehicle for enjoying homemade whipped goat cheese dip.

Whole roasted cauliflower with whipped goat cheese. (photo: Domenica on Facebook)

Recipe by Domenica

Yield: 6 Servings


For the Cauliflower
  • 2 1/2 cups dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 head of cauliflower, leaves removed
For the Whipped Goat Cheese and Presentation
  • 4 ounces fresh goat cheese
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 ounces feta
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving
  • Coarse sea salt (for serving)


For the Cauliflower

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Bring wine, oil, kosher salt, juice, butter, red pepper flakes, sugar, bay leaf, and 8 cups water to a boil in a large pot. Add cauliflower, reduce heat, and simmer, turning occasionally, until a knife easily inserts into center, 15-20 minutes.

Using 2 slotted spoons or a mesh spider, transfer cauliflower to a rimmed baking sheet, draining well. Roast, rotating sheet halfway through, until brown all over, 30-40 minutes.

For the Whipped Goat Cheese and Presentation

While cauliflower is roasting, blend goat cheese, cream cheese, feta, cream, and 2 tablespoons oil in a food processor until smooth; season with sea salt. Transfer whipped goat cheese to a serving bowl and drizzle with oil.

Transfer cauliflower to a plate. Drizzle with oil; sprinkle with sea salt. Serve with whipped goat cheese.

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