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Roasted Cauliflower with Sesame and Bonito

Roasted Cauliflower with Sesame and Bonito

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Great chefs take great pride in turning humble vegetables into world-class dishes. Which is something you ought to remind yourself of while simmering sesame seeds for 2 hours to make a sauce for this cauliflower. This recipe is from Staplehouse, America's Best New Restaurant 2016.


  • ½ cup raw unhulled benne or sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 1 medium cauliflower, stem trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa butter or virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons bonito flakes

Recipe Preparation

  • Toast benne seeds in a large saucepan over medium heat, swirling pan constantly, until golden brown and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Set 2 tsp. benne seeds aside in a small bowl for serving. Add 4 cups water to remaining benne seeds and bring to a simmer. Cover pan and cook seeds until tender and beginning to pop, 1½–2 hours. Drain seeds and transfer to a blender. Add vegetable oil, sesame oil, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, and ¼ cup water and blend, adding more water as needed, until smooth, creamy, and the consistency of mayonnaise; season dressing with salt.

  • Preheat oven to 450°. Place cauliflower in a small skillet and drizzle with cocoa butter and olive oil; season with salt. Roast, basting every 10 minutes or so with oil, until deeply browned and crisp and cauliflower is beginning to collapse, 60–75 minutes. Remove from oven and drizzle with remaining 1 Tbsp. lemon juice; let cool.

  • Spoon about ⅓ cup dressing onto a large plate. Place cauliflower on top and sprinkle with bonito flakes and reserved benne seeds; season with more salt if desired. Serve with remaining dressing alongside.

Recipe by Staplehouse, Atlanta, GA,

Nutritional Content

Calories (kcal) 510 Fat (g) 52 Saturated Fat (g) 12 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 12 Dietary Fiber (g) 3 Total Sugars (g) 3 Protein (g) 6 Sodium (mg) 45Reviews SectionI will try it. I found that it is different from the recipes I read on simplyrecipes.com and 101easyrecipes.com. but will try it as I found it appetizing and tasty after watching the video.This recipe is not worth the effort. I did the whole boiling sesame seeds for two hours shebang, and the sauce is just.....a regular tahini.....it was flavorful and very fresh, but at the end of the day, it was a normal tahini. Additionally, because I do not have a professional grade blender, the sauce came out less smooth than a store-bought one. Also, this method of cooking the cauliflower worked, but it did not yield crispier or more flavorful results than normal roasting. I would say if you try this recipe, take MEGA shortcuts. Store-bought tahini, no basting the cauliflower, and you'll get pretty much the same results.

Watch the video: Roasted Cauliflower Recipe (May 2022).