Inspired by all the cauliflower dishes on menus today and the great appreciation of a vegetable that for many years was out of favor, here is a delicious hummus celebrating cauliflower! It’s brightened with lemon juice and given texture with the use of several garnishes. The most interesting garnish being popcorn. I think it’s a great idea to make enough popcorn to not only garnish the hummus but to serve along to guests. If you don’t want to serve popcorn you can easily pop some corn in a small sauce pan with a cover over medium heat just adding a few dried kernels and cover. Shake a few times to ensure the corn does not burn, you’ll know when it’s ready by listening carefully to the corn popping. I like to serve this along with a nice toasted multi-grain bread.
From by the bay, wishing you warm cauliflower food memories!
Roasted Cauliflower Hummus
- 28 ounces cauliflower florets
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 1/2 cup
- 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 1/2 red onion, sliced thinly
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
To garnish use approximately 1 tablespoon of each depending on your preferences
- red onion pickled with red vinegar
- roasted and salted pumpkin seeds
- fresh popcorn
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Toss cauliflower with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Place on a baking sheet in a single layer and roasted in the oven until cauliflower starts to caramelize and is soft, approximately 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. In a small dish add the red onion and red wine vinegar and mix. The vinegar will softened and pickle the onions. Once the cauliflower is cool add to a food processor along with the tahini, olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Process until smooth. Taste to adjust for seasoning. Serve at room temperature or keep refrigerated until ready to use. Garnish with pickled onions, pumpkin seeds, popcorn and dill. Serve with toasted multi-grain bread.