Roasted Cauliflower with Black Olive Pangrattato

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30 minutes
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Roasted Cauliflower with Black Olive Pangrattato is how to take roasted cauliflower to another level!  The topping has salty kalamata olives, lemon zest, chili flakes and crispy breadcrumbs for a delicious rustic Italian side dish!  Try it with Chicken Milanese!

Photo of Roasted Cauliflower with Black Olive Pangrattato on black platter with copper serving fork garnished with fresh parsley.

As I mentioned in my Roasted Cabbage Steaks with Mustard Vinaigrette post, I’m all about roasting vegetables–especially in the winter.  And roasted cauliflower?  Best.  Thing.  Ever.

Paging through Taste & Technique, Recipes to Elevate Your Home Cooking by Naomi Pomeroy (affiliate link) recently, I came across a recipe for Blistered Cauliflower with Anchovy, Garlic and Chili Flakes.  It’s really a great cookbook if you’re trying to up your kitchen game.)

Now, anchovies are probably not on too many Top 10 Favorite Food lists, so I used Kalamata olives instead.  I made a few other minor changes and voila!

Roasted Cauliflower with Black Olive Pangrattato!

What is a pangrattato?

Pangrattato is basically Italian for breadcrumbs or breadcrumb topping and a great way to use up stale bread.  A quick saute in olive oil with the black olives, some lemon zest, chili flakes, garlic and we’re talking about how to take cauliflower from amazing to incredible!

Close-up photo of breadcrumbs in pan with wooden serving spoon.

If you’ve never roasted cauliflower before, it’s life-changing.  If you’re not a big cauliflower fan, you could very well become a raving cauliflower fan!

Roasting transforms cauliflower.  A simple drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and black pepper is all it takes!

Photo of roasted cauliflower on baking sheet after being roasted.

Photo of Roasted Cauliflower with Black Olive Pangrattato on black platter on gray striped towel and serving fork.

Sprinkle on the pangrattato, serve immediately and enjoy!

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Roasted Cauliflower with Black Olive Pangrattato

5 from 2 votes

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By: Carol | From A Chef's Kitchen
Roasted Cauliflower with Black Olive Pangrattato is how to take roasted cauliflower to another level!  The topping has salty kalamata olives, lemon zest, chili flakes and crispy breadcrumbs for a delicious rustic Italian side dish!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dishes - Vegetables
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 370 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup olive oil - preferably extra-virgin, divided
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper - to taste
  • 1/2 cup whole-grain coarse breadcrumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives - pitted and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 large lemon - zested
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut cauliflower into florets. Place on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with 1/4 cup olive oil, season with salt and black pepper to taste and gently toss to distribute oil and seasonings.
  • Roast for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned and tender.
  • Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet or saute pan over medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs and stir, 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly toasted. Add garlic. Remove from heat.
  • Add chopped Kalamata olives, red pepper flakes, lemon zest and additional salt and black pepper to taste. Stir in parsley.
  • Place cauliflower on a serving platter or shallow bowl. Spoon pangrattato over cauliflower, drizzle with remaining olive oil and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 22g | Sodium: 409mg | Potassium: 709mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 537IU | Vitamin C: 124mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 3mg

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you're using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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5 Comments

  1. I had been looking for some “different” side dishes when I came across this recipe. It was simple to make and the flavors were fantastic. I served it with chicken in wine sauce over angel hair pasta and both recipes were big hits. The cauliflower complimented the chicken perfectly. I will save the recipe and definitely make again!

  2. Would this work if I substituted grated Parmesan cheese for the breadcrumbs? Your recipe is 32g of Carbs per serving… trying to be a bit healthier than that, but the recipe looks delish!!!

    Thank you and I can’t wait to make your Parmesan crusted turnips!!