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Whole roasted cauliflower with almonds and garlic

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Vegetarian mains

Whole roasted cauliflower with almonds and garlic

Side Serves 4 1h 15 min
Roasted whole then drizzled with spiced almonds, this cauliflower recipes makes a good vegan alternative to a classic roast chicken. You could also serve it as a starter, setting it in the centre and letting people help themselves.


  • 1 cauliflower
  • olive oil, for roasting
  • 50g flaked almonds
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp smoked sweet paprika
  • 1 tbsp dry sherry
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 1h 10 min
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 200°C/Gas 6.
  • Step 2

    Cut off any green leaves from the cauliflower and trim the core so it sits flat in a baking dish. Drizzle over just enough oil to cover the top of the cauliflower. Sprinkle over a little sea salt.
  • Step 3

    Roast until the top is golden brown and the cauliflower is just tender, about 1 hour. Keep it warm in the oven.
  • Step 4

    Put the almonds in a frying pan and heat gently until toasted. Add the oil and garlic and fry for a minute or two. Add the paprika and dry sherry and cook to reduce the liquid slightly. Stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper.
  • Step 5

    Present the cauliflower whole at the table, then cut into thin slices and drizzle over the almonds to serve.

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