The first time I saw this recipe, I was more than a little unsure about it. After all, Christmas is when most of us eat Turkey, or some other kind of meat centerpiece. However, I wanted a vegetarian dish to serve some of my friends one Sunday, and this dish looked interesting enough that I decided to give it a try, and I’m so glad I did!
Not only was this recipe super-easy to make, it also turned out to be delicious, and a perfect alternative for the traditional joint of meat.
One of my friends was so pleased with this recipe that she said she was going to make it for her family at Christmas. As a vegetarian, she said she often struggled to find nice things to eat at Christmas, but was so impressed with this dish that she knew it was going to be an instant hit.
If you want a change from the usual roast meat Christmas dinner, make sure you give this recipe a try. I know you are going to love it!
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 2 hours
Number of Servings: 4
- 1 large cauliflower, without outer leaves, around 2 lb.
- 4 cloves garlic
- ½ bunch fresh thyme, and ½ bunch flat-leaf parsley
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 lemon
- 4 tablespoons dry sherry
- 1 tin plum tomatoes
- 2 ounces flaked almonds
- Olive oil
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C.
- Peel and crush the garlic and then combine with the paprika and half of the thyme leaves. Add to two tablespoons of olive oil to make a paste
- Zest the lemon and put to one side
- Trim the leaves from the cauliflower and cut the base so that it sits flat
- Rub the paprika paste all over the cauliflower and then place in a medium casserole pan
- Sprinkle with lemon zest and sherry
- Put the lid on your pan and then pop it in the oven. Cook with the lid on for 80 minutes, and then without the lid for 20-25 minutes more until browned
- Remove the pan from the oven and pour the tomatoes over the top. Sprinkle with the remaining thyme leaves
- Return to the oven, without the lid, for a final 10 minutes
- Meanwhile, lightly toast the almonds in a frying pan until golden brown
- Carve the cauliflower into slices and serve with the toasted almonds and parsley leaves
Recipe source – Jamieoliver.com
Picture credit – goodfood.com.au
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