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Crispy Roasted Cauliflower with Cheddar & Parmesan

Roasted cauliflower with crispy, sharp white cheddar and freshly grated parmesan is one of my favorite side dishes for cozy, Autumn dinner parties and Thanksgiving!

With only 7 ingredients, this recipe is perfectly Keto, gluten-free, incredibly low-carb, and takes only 30 minutes to make!

A bowl of roasted cauliflower.

Seasoned with a little Old Bay, chili pepper and a little fresh pepper, you’ll be amazed how excitingly flavorful roasted cauliflower can be!

I made this cauliflower for my Lovely Lady’s Supper Club dinner party in October, with a mix of yellow and purple cauliflower that I found at my local Farmer’s Market. My lady friends and I all contributed to the dinner and laughed all night! I also made an Autumn crudités and bruschetta with charred cherry tomatoes and roasted garlic!

A head of raw cauliflower on a cutting board with a knife.

A Few Common Questions:

1. How do I reheat the cauliflower?

First, keep in mind, it has the best tenderness and crispiness when fresh out of the oven, and reheating it will make it more soft and tender. It will still be delicious, just more “done” and less crispy. Simply spread cauliflower on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 450 F. (230 C.) for 7-10 minutes. Don’t microwave, or it will turn to mush.

2. How long will the roasted cauliflower last in the fridge?

It will stay delicious for about a week and can be reheated with the instructions above.

3. What do I need for this recipe?

  • Large mixing bowl and spoon
  • Foil-lined baking sheet
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Cheese grater

A closeup bowl of roasted cauliflower.

How to Make Roasted Cauliflower with White Cheddar and Parmesan – Step by Step

1. Preheat oven to 450 F. (230 C.) and pull florets from the cauliflower head. Slice big ones in half.

2. Add cauliflower to a large mixing bowl with 6 tbsp. (88 ml.) of olive oil, and stir to throughly coat.

3. Sprinkle florets with 1/2 tsp. of Old Bay seasoning, 1/4th tsp. of chili pepper and a nice sprinkle of fresh pepper, toss, then sprinkle seasoning again in the same amounts to ensure all florets have been evenly coated.

4. Pour the cauliflower onto a foil-lined baking sheet and make sure they’re all touching the foil, and not piled on top of each other. Turn any sliced florets so the flat side is on the foil. They’ll roast in a much tastier way. Bake on the top rack for 15 minutes.

A step by step process showing how to make roasted cauliflower with cheese.

5. While the cauliflower bakes, grate 8 oz. (237 ml.) of sharp white cheddar cheese and 4 oz. (118 ml.) of parmesan cheese.

6. Remove the almost-roasted cauliflower, and sprinkle florets with cheese, covering them evenly.  Place cauliflower back in the oven on the top rack, and bake for 7-10 more minutes, until cheese is crispy.

A step by step process showing how to make roasted cauliflower with cheese.

7. Use a spatula to scrape all that wonderful, crispy cheese from the pan as you pour cauliflower into a bowl, and serve.

Roasted, cheesy cauliflower in a foil-lined pan.

A small roasted cauliflower on an antique fork.

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A bowl of roasted cauliflower.
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Crispy Roasted Cauliflower with Cheddar & Parmesan

Roasted cauliflower with crispy, sharp white cheddar and freshly grated parmesan is one of my favorite side dishes for cozy, Autumn dinner parties and Thanksgiving! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: International
Keyword: roasted cauliflower
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 592kcal

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl and spoon
  • Foil-lined baking sheet
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Cheese grater

Ingredients

  • 1

    large

    cauliflower 

  • 6

    tbsp. olive oil
  • 1

    tsp.

    Old Bay seasoning

  • ½

    tsp.

    chili pepper

  • Fresh ground pepper

    - a nice sprinkle

  • 8

    oz.

    sharp white cheddar cheese

    - grated

  • 4

    oz.

    parmesan

    - grated

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 F. (230 C.) and pull florets from the cauliflower head. Slice big ones in half.
  • Add cauliflower to a large mixing bowl with 6 tbsp. (88 ml.) of olive oil, and stir to throughly coat.
  • Sprinkle florets with 1/2 tsp. of Old Bay seasoning, 1/4th tsp. of chili pepper and a nice sprinkle of fresh pepper, toss, then sprinkle seasoning again in the same amounts to ensure all florets have been evenly coated.
  • Pour the cauliflower onto a foil-lined baking sheet and make sure they’re all touching the foil, and not piled on top of each other. Turn any sliced florets so the flat side is on the foil. They’ll roast in a much tastier way. Bake on the top rack for 15 minutes.
  • While the cauliflower bakes, grate 8 oz. (237 ml.) of sharp white cheddar cheese and 4 oz. (118 ml.) of parmesan cheese.
  • Remove the almost-roasted cauliflower, and sprinkle florets with cheese, covering them evenly.  Place cauliflower back in the oven on the top rack, and bake for 7-10 more minutes, until cheese is crispy.
  • Use a spatula to scrape all that wonderful, crispy cheese from the pan as you pour cauliflower into a bowl, and serve.

Notes

Note: Do not add salt! There will be enough salt in the Old Bay seasoning and in the cheese to make it salty.

Nutrition

Serving: 4ounces | Calories: 592kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 870mg | Potassium: 710mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 822IU | Vitamin C: 102mg | Calcium: 803mg | Iron: 2mg

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