Cheesy Baked Cauliflower
Cheesy Baked Cauliflower is a healthy and tasty way to bake cauliflower that includes tomatoes, onions, peppers and goat, bleu or feta cheese.
- 1 medium to large cauliflower, cut into florets
- 2 tablespoons olive oil more if needed
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- ½-1 large pepper, any color, cored, seeded, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon oregano, dried
- 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes, half drained
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice -
- ½-1 cup feta, goat or bleu cheese, crumbled
- 1 teaspoon pepper - more or less to taste
- 1 teaspoon parsley flakes more or less to taste
- cooking spray
- salt - as needed
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a 9x9 inch or 13x9 inch pan lightly coated in cooking spray. Look at how many cauliflower florets you have. You want the florets to cover the bottom of the pan in one layer. Some cauliflowers are bigger than others. Use your best judgement. Set aside. In a medium to large sized saucepan, over high heat, boil salted water, enough to cover the cauliflower. You are going to have to put a strainer in your sink because you first have to blanch the cauliflower. Once your water is boiling place your cauliflower in it for about 30 seconds. Then, dump your cauliflower into your strainer in your sink and run cold water all over it to stop it from cooking. Leave the cauliflower to drain in your sink for now.
In a skillet, over medium to medium high heat, place oil and heat until it shimmers or a drop of water flicked in it dances. Cook onions in your skillet until tender. Add garlic and cook until just starting to turn a golden color. Add oregano, peppers, canned tomatoes and lemon juice. Stir until incorporated.
Dump cauliflower into your prepared pan and spread it out so it is as even as possible. Pour tomato mixture over top of the cauliflower, again pour as evenly as possible. Sprinkle with pepper, cheese and parsley. We find that we do not need to add any salt if we are using feta cheese. Taste the tomato mixture before you dump it on top of the cauliflower just in case you want to adjust your seasonings. Bake for between 20 and 30 minutes or until cauliflower turns a nice, light golden brown. Remove from oven and serve immediately. Enjoy!