Lemon-Garlic Roasted Cauliflower with Fennel and Gremolata

Garlic plays two exciting roles in this vibrant winter dish. One whole head is separated into cloves and mellowed as it roasts with the cauliflower and fennel, and a clove of raw garlic in the gremolata adds an enlivening finishing touch. The lemon slices meld into the dish as they roast, contributing a burst of citrus.



For the gremolata:

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

2 tablespoons chopped flatleaf parsley


For the cauliflower:

1 lemon, peeled and sliced thinly (about 6 slices), seeds removed

1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into medium florets

1 head of garlic, cloves peeled and left whole

1 fennel bulb, cored and thinly sliced (2 cups sliced)

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 1/4 teaspoons salt

freshly ground black pepper



1.Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. For the gremolata, mix together the garlic, lemon zest, and parsley in a small bowl and set aside.

2.In a large bowl, place the lemon slices, cauliflower, garlic cloves, fennel, oil, salt and a sprinkle of pepper, and toss together. Spread on a parchment-covered baking pan and roast for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until the cauliflower has browned and the garlic is tender. Transfer to a serving dish or to individual plates and sprinkle with the gremolata. Serve hot.

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