Crispy Cheese Cauliflower

"The original of this tempting recipe came from Jean Carper's 'EatSmart' column in the 9-11 Feb 2007 issue of the USA Weekend paper."
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Ready In:




  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Spray cookie sheet with olive oil.
  • In a shallow dish, combine cheese, cumin, cayenne, salt & pepper.
  • Dredge cauliflower pieces in egg, then in cheese mix.
  • Put on cookie sheet, & spray with oil.
  • Bake 15 minutes.
  • Remove to serving plate, & sprinkle with parsley.
  • Serve with lemon wedges.

Questions & Replies

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  1. snlglover
    Why does it show a lime in the picture, but list a lemon in the recipe...which one is it?
  2. Mackswim
    Can this be made ahead if time or will it lose the crunch? Want to try it for TG and have to juggle the oven.


  1. IngridH
    We liked this dish! The coating really brought a lot of flavor to what can be a very bland vegetable. This was very easy to make, and great for a weeknight dinner. I have to admit, I especially loved the bits of crispy coating that stuck to the sides of the pan- yum!
  2. Marie
    I am giving this 5 stars even though I think some improvement can be made. I will definitely add some garlic salt next time and omit the salt. Also one egg should be plenty as others have reviewed. It also needed more of the olive oil spray than I used because the cauliflower came out a little dry. A great idea and very tasty and a recipe which I will be tweaking a little further. Thanks very much for posting.
  3. Sweet Baboo
    This goes directly into my "Best of the Best" cookbook! I knew I would like this recipe because I already like sprinkling roasted cauliflower with parmesan cheese before serving, but the addition of the spices, and the method of adding the cheese to make it crispy, takes this humble vegetable over the top. Thanks to reviews, I shook the cauliflower pieces and egg in a plastic bag to coat, then I put them in a lidded tupperware container with the breading ingredients and shook together until evenly coated....this worked very well, and clean-up was easy. I didn't serve with lemon (forgot) but didn't feel there was anything missing in flavour. The little touch of heat from the cayenne was perfect!
  4. Kelly Bateman
    I loved it!! I ate the whole thing! I just added it to my home cookbook. Only the best of the best recipes go into that and this definitely deserves this priveledge!
  5. Sam 3
    I halved this for just DD and I and I wish I hadn't!!! I added the parsley to the cheese mixture as well and they were soooo good. I even cheated and used frozen cauliflower. I had to bake them almost 5 mins longer to heat through (I put them in still frozen) but they were worth the wait. Will be making this often!


  1. BethanyRenae
    these are great! really good idea. Ive made these twice now. And disappeared so quick both times. I used a mixed herb blend instead of what is listed and I also put some ground LSA in the coating mix (Linseed {AKA flaxseed}, Sunflower seed, Almond meal) because we are trying to work it into our diets. They turned out soooo yummy. Thanks for posting :)
  2. KLBoyle
    OMG! This cauliflower is amazing! I was serving with some lamb chops so I used some Cavendars greek seasoning instead of the cumin and it went very well together. I will definitely be making this often. Thanks for posting!



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