Saturday, 20 July 2013

Spicy Chocolate Dusted Cauliflower

Do you remember the scene in the 2003 Christmas movie "Elf" where Will Ferrell's character, Buddy the Elf, is eating spaghetti? He's covering his spaghetti with maple syrup, pop tarts, M&Ms, chocolate syrup, and mini marshmallows? When I first saw that scene I thought about the gross sugar overload, but then I wondered if it might actually be yummy. 

Today's post is similar in theory to my Buddy the Elf challenge (a challenge I have yet to take), but not quite the same because I don't think cauliflower is one of an elf's main food groups. Today's post is based on a challenge I received to pair chocolate and cauliflower in one delicious dish. It was hard to come up with something, but I think I ended the challenge as a winner! 

We really enjoyed the end result of Hungry Little Girl's Crazy Ingredient Challenge and I hope you do too. Read on for my Spicy Chocolate Dusted Cauliflower recipe!  

Spicy Chocolate Dusted Cauliflower - serves 4

1/2 of a large head of cauliflower, cut into bite sized florets 
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons cocoa 
1/4 cup olive oil 
1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay cauliflower in an even layer in a large baking pan.

2. Whisk together chili powder, cumin, cocoa, oil, salt, and pepper. Pour over cauliflower and toss to combine. 

3. Bake until cauliflower softens slightly, about 20-30 minutes.

4. Enjoy!

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  1. I roasted my cauliflower with chocolate too! I absolutely loved it. I love the comparison to Buddy the Elf - one of our favorite movies!
    Jenni's Ferris Wheel of Food

  2. I tried to grill my cauliflower with a sweet and spicy cocoa rub but wasn't really impressed.. But I am thinking I may have to retry it as everyone else seemed to like it... Maybe it was the rub I used or that I wrapped mine in foil to grill... I love your comparison.

  3. Thanks Jennifer and Marlys! I was definitely surprised my family liked the combination, I even made extra veggies to compensate for my expectation of not so tasty cauliflower. But the extra veggies weren't needed because we loved it!

  4. I see you roasted yours with chile and cocoa. I use roasted cauliflower a lot so I went different. I will try this sometime just out of curiosity.
    Spatulas On Parade

  5. I have never made cauliflower like that, but definitely will! Yours looks so delicious and i can absolutely imagine how well those flavors go together!