Everything Bagel Spice Whole Roasted Cauliflower is an elegant, dramatic and healthful vegetable side dish that’s over-the-top with flavor!
Have you noticed how everything is suddenly “everything bagel spice?” This flavorful combination of dried garlic, dried onion, poppy seeds, sesame seeds and salt is turning up everywhere and on everything!
The origin of everything bagel spice is up for debate. It is said to have been created by accident around 1980 when the inventor had a stroke of inspiration while cleaning out the oven in his bagel shop at the end of the day.
No one knows the true origin for sure, but we do know this tasty combination of spices works beautifully on almost everything!
The first time I roasted a whole head of cauliflower, I was sadly disappointed in the flavor. I had seen recipes for this method however, it was much ado about nothing! The seasoning was all on the outside and the inside was bland. It didn’t have any of the beautiful and delicious caramelization that you get after roasting cauliflower florets or steaks.
Not being one to give up on things easily, I wanted to find a way to get some flavor on the inside so I created this Brined Whole Roasted Tandoori Cauliflower.
Now I’m a believer in brining the head of cauliflower before roasting. Simply cut the bottom off so that you have a fresh cut, then immerse into generously salted water. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours.
I’m a huge fan of Cuisine at Home magazine. Their latest edition has a recipe for Everything Bagel Cauliflower with Herbed Cream Cheese. Now that I’m a fan of whole-roasted cauliflower, I decided to try it. I didn’t have the ingredients for the cream cheese on hand but after making this, I feel the cauliflower doesn’t need it.
For this Everything Bagel Spice Whole Roasting cauliflower, brine it per the directions in the Brined Whole Roasted Tandoori Cauliflower, pat dry then schmear it with a tangy combination of plain, full-fat Greek yogurt, lemon juice and salt and black pepper and a light spray of cooking spray.
Roast for approximately an hour then be prepared for lots of oohs and aahs when you serve this Everything Bagel Spice Whole Roasted Cauliflower!
Enjoy and let’s eat!
15 minPrep Time
1 hrCook Time
1 hr, 15 Total Time
1/2 cup kosher salt
2 quarts hot tap water
1 large head of cauliflower
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (full-fat preferred)
1 tablespoon olive oil plus more for baking dish
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Nonstick cooking spray
2 tablespoons dried minced garlic
2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Combine salt and hot tap water in a bowl. Stir until salt dissolves. Add the cauliflower and refrigerate 24 hours. (You'll need to press it down with a plate, lid or pan.)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly oil a roasting pan or baking dish with olive oil.
Combine yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and black pepper in a bowl. Coat the cauliflower with the yogurt mixture. Sprinkle cauliflower with 2 tablespoons spice blend (or as desired). Lightly spray the spices with cooking spray.
Place cauliflower in prepared pan or baking dish. Roast for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until cauliflower can easily be pierced with a knife.
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
Prep time does not include brining time.