Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Roasted Cauliflower with Date Syrup

We were called out this month by Girl Has Thyme. Yes we've been slackers and yes you may get an influx of "ethnic" recipes before September wraps up!

This is a recipe from the Calilee Cooking School in Israel that was in Bon Appetit. And I need to state right off the bat, I didn't find date syrup, nor did I spend much time looking for it, but molasses worked as a great substitute. I told my mom I needed an "ethnic" recipe for this month and as she was browsing through her cooking magazines she suggested this one. I'm a big fan because I'm always looking for new exciting vegetable dishes (sometimes the same ol' salad every night just gets old) and this is a cool recipe because it can be served as an appetizer or side dish. It would go really well with Missy's piroshky recipe!

Roasted Cauliflower with Date Syrup
From Bon Appetit 


1 head of cauliflower (about 2 lb.), cored and broken into florets (I just bought a bag from Costco) 
2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for drizzling (I used coconut oil)  
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
2 tablespoons (or more) date syrup or dark honey (I used molasses) 
2 teaspoons (or more) fresh lemon juice
Sea salt

  • Preheat oven to 500°. Place cauliflower on a baking sheet and toss with 2 Tbsp. olive oil or coconut oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast, tossing occasionally, until browned in spots and tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Transfer cauliflower to a serving platter. Drizzle tahini and date syrup over. Sprinkle 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice over. Season to taste with sea salt. Drizzle with more olive oil and lemon juice, if desired.


  1. I think we need to combine game-day forces because I'm loving this cauliflower recipe. Yum!

  2. Yum! That sounds really good. You are great at finding these simple but elegant vegetable sides! Really takes the pressure off when the sides are fast.

    And sorry to call you out! I don't have much room to talk as I am not the most prolific blogger. But hey, aren't you glad I pay attention?