Crispy roasted cauliflower head over a pile of quinoa breadcrumbs, capers & kalamata olives, with a soft-boiled egg on the side.
Roasted Cauliflower with Quinoa Breadcrumbs and Soft Boiled Egg

Cauliflower isn’t badass like Serrano peppers, who pack searing heat into long slender bodies. It’s not a vixen like salt, completely dominating dishes if mishandled, not letting other ingredients get a word in edgewise. Nope. Nor a superhero like quinoa, able to leap over tall lists of diseases in a single bound. Cauliflower is laid back mellow.

Or so I thought.

Then I started roasting it whole. Suddenly this unassuming white lump morphed into a badass biker chick. Crispy florets, slightly charred, staked out new territory with sinewy limbs loaded with concentrated flavor. And it was so easy. I just cut the head into quarters, oiled them up, and threw on some spices. Need something even easier?  Just shake a flurry of salt and pepper over their oiled bodies. Whatever. Just be sure to roast them at a high heat for a long time. You won’t be sorry.

For this recipe, I paired them with breadcrumbs using Quinoa Crispies, capers, kalamata olives, and a few slivers of preserved lemon, then added a soft-boiled egg for a great vegetarian entrée. If that’s too complicated for a busy weeknight, make the breadcrumbs ahead and keep them in the refrigerator. Then all you need do is toss a quick salad, boil some water for the egg, and wait for a rock star cauliflower to emerge from the heat of the oven.

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Lemon roasted chicken is your best bet with this dish!

Roasted Cauliflower with Quinoa Breadcrumbs and Soft-Boiled Eggs

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Serves: 2

  • 1 head cauliflower (about 2 lb.)
  • 4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
Quinoa Breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped
  • 4 pitted kalamata olives, quartered
  • 1 Tbsp drained capers
  • 6 sliced slivers preserved lemon
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup Quinoa Crispies
  • 2 Tbsp chopped mint
  • 2 Tbsp chopped Italian parsley
  • ¼ tsp Kosher salt or to taste
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
Soft-Boiled Eggs
  • 2 large eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a pie plate or baking dish with foil or parchment paper.
  2. Cut away all leaves on the cauliflower, and core, leaving the head intact. Quarter the head using a sharp knife. Discard leaves and core, and arrange the cauliflower pieces in the lined baking pan. Drizzle olive oil over the cauliflower and rub, using your hands, to completely coat in oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Roast until tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Quinoa Breadcrumbs
  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until caramelized, about 30 - 40 minutes. Add the olives, capers, and preserved lemon and cook for another 10 minutes.
  2. Add the breadcrumbs and Quinoa Crispies and sauté until toasted, about 10 minutes. Add a little oil if too dry.
  3. Toss in mint, parsley, salt and pepper. Adjust seasoning if needed.
Soft-Boiled Egg
  1. Place the eggs in a small saucepan and cover with water by 1 - 2 inches. Bring to a simmer and maintain a slow simmer for 4 minutes. Run the eggs under cold water, peel, and slice.




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  1. laurasmess May 13, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

    This is such an awesome dish Susan! I love everything about it… the crispy quinoa, the gorgeously mellow cauliflower and that gooey egg goodness! I would totally devour this any day. I definitely need to try the quinoa crumbs. Genius stuff! xx
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  2. Norma Chang May 14, 2014 at 4:59 am #

    This sure sounds delicious and oh so easy to make, I too love the gooey egg. I see many uses for your Quinoa Breadcrumbs, thanks for sharing.
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  3. Erika May 14, 2014 at 6:58 am #

    Susan. I LOVE THIS. One because I love roasted cauliflower (SO SO MUCH–I distinctly remember having this awesome cauliflower steak at this restaurant Erik and I went to for our second anniversary) and two because your writing is hilarious! Cauliflower as a biker chick–YES!!!
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  4. cheri May 14, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    Hi Susan, we love roasted cauliflower, it certainly transforms this little veggie. The addition of the soft egg is genius!

  5. apuginthekitchen May 17, 2014 at 6:12 am #

    I totally missed this, oh my does it sound and look good. The egg is the perfect accompaniment, love the breadcrumb topping (quinoa) really delicious.
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  6. Yosef - This American Bite May 21, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

    I’m a massive fan of roasted cauliflower. Never thought to serve it with the egg. Nice call.
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