Oven-Roasted Cauliflower With Caramelized Green Onion and Smokey Bacon.
I have learned to appreciate cauliflower.
It is the workhorse of a Low Carb or Paleo diet.
Cauliflower serves as rice for our Indian and Thai dishes, as an accompaniment to our meats, it can be made into Chinese fried rice, pureed into mock mashed potatoes, and even used as a base for a low-carb pizza. And although cauliflower is rarely the star of dinner, to me it is the unsung hero. It never steals the show. It never competes. It’s just there supporting all the other players and making sure that everyone else looks good.
If you are one who believes side dishes should to be quick and easy — perhaps because they are an afterthought (raising my hand and waving it around), then this cauliflower recipe is for you. It couldn’t have been more simple to make: chop, toss, arrange and bake…
I needed another side to serve with the Sunday Roast Beef I was preparing for dinner. I could have pan-fried some potatoes for my kids, but I had to use the poor cauliflower that had been sitting in the fridge- not to mention the green onions that had been ignored all week, and the bacon ends that had been stuffed and forgotten in the cheese drawer. Sometimes that’s how great dishes begin; just out of a little of this and a little of that.
Feeling pressed for time, I knew that cutting the cauliflower into florets and then roasting them in the oven was the way to go. And with a slice here and a chop there, I made quick work of the green onions and bacon, too. It was nothing to toss the cauliflower florets, green onion and bacon with a little olive oil before seasoning with salt and pepper. I did it right there on the sheet pan. It couldn’t have been faster or more easy to do! There was nothing left but to pop it into the oven.
Usually, when a sulfur containing vegetable is put into the oven to roast, the whole house is filled with a….how should I say… unappetizing odor. When this dish was done the whole house smelled great! Why wouldn’t it? Everything was caramelized and full of flavor. It must have been good because my kids ate it up. And as you can see from the photos, my unsung hero was not the star of the show… but he was tasty and he sure made those green beans look good!
Mmmmm. Just look at all of those yummy caramelized bits. That’s extra flavor. Brown. Nutty. Goodness! All it needed was salt and pepper to make it sing. My kids ate it up and Sweetie Pie asked for more. I couldn’t have asked for anything else. I will definitely make this again.
This tasty side has 3 net carbs per serving!
- 2 pounds cauliflower
- 1/4 pound bacon
- 2 inch bunches green onion sliced into 1/2 pieces
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Cut the cauliflower into bit sized pieces. Slice the green onions into 1/2 inch pieces using only the while and light parts. Slice the bacon into chunks.
- Toss the cauliflower and green onion in the vegetable oil and spread on a sheet pan. Sprinkle the bacon over.
- Cook the cauliflower 10 minutes, stir, then cook for another 10 minutes - until the cauliflower starts to brown.
- Turn on the broiler and broil under the broiler for 5-8 minutes.
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