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Roasted Cauliflower with za’atar and lemon

This is a recipe I saw in a number of places and thought I would try it. You will need: one head of cauliflower, olive oil, salt, pepper, za’atar spice, lemon and fresh parsley.

Za’atar is evidently a traditional Middle Eastern seasoning blend. I could not find it in my grocery store and did not feel like trying to blend it myself, so I ordered it from Amazon. When it came, it didn’t look exciting, but when the dish was finished, I LOVED the flavor!

First I cut the cauliflower up in small florets and tossed them with olive oil and salt and pepper.
Then I put them in a single layer on a baking sheet.
In the oven at 475 degrees, covered tightly with tin foil for 12 minutes.

Carefully remove the tin foil, toss it up, and put it back in the oven for 20 minutes. (Most recipes called for 10 minutes here but I did 20 because I like it more browned).

Then take it out, sprinkle 1 Tbsp Za’atar seasoning and put back in the oven for 10 minutes.

The recipes called for 2 Tbsp but I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, so I used 1 and it tasted really good.

Evidently if you put the Za’atar spice on too early, it gets overcooked and does not taste right, so that’s why it’s just the last 10 minutes.

When you take it out of the oven you squeeze the juice of half a lemon on it, chop up some fresh parsley and serve while it is warm.

It is the perfect side dish to a chicken or beef main dish. It has a nutty flavor with the lightness of the lemon and is one of those dishes you will just want to keep eating!

It is also a great option for roasted cauliflower that doesn’t use garlic or onion, as some people don’t really like those 🙂

Try it! It’s good!!!! 🙂