Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Feta
This whole roasted cauliflower with spicy whipped feta is a delicious appetizer or side dish. This recipe is simple to prepare, and it’s a great low carb addition to any meal!
When Alex and I were in New Orleans last month, we had dinner at Domenica, a restaurant recommended to me by my friend Julie. She said we had to get the cauliflower, so we trusted her suggestion and we were not disappointed! We went with Alex’s parents, and everyone at the table raved about how good it was! It was hard to believe something so simple could be so tasty, but a whole roasted cauliflower served with a whipped feta cheese turned out to be a fantastic combination.
As soon as I got home, I knew I had to try to recreate this in my kitchen! I loved that the ingredients were simple, and it seemed like a pretty easy recipe to throw together. While this isn’t the exact Domenica roasted cauliflower recipe, it’s the closest I could get in my own kitchen! (I have a hunch that theirs contained a lot of butter!) But it’s an easy and delicious appetizer or side dish to serve to your friends and family.
How to Make Whole Roasted Cauliflower
If you’ve never toasted a whole cauliflower, don’t worry! It’s really straightforward. Remove the leaves and cut the bottom off so that it can sit flat in a casserole dish. For this recipe, you’ll want to drizzle it with olive oil.
Then you roast the whole head of cauliflower it in the oven for about an hour until it’s nice and brown!
How to Make Whipped Feta
For the whipped feta, it’s as easy as tossing the ingredients in the food processor and blending until smooth!
It will look crumbly at first, but after a few minutes of blending it will start to get thick and smooth.
Then you’ll have a delicious dip for your roasted cauliflower! You can even prep the whipped feta a day in advance and store it in the fridge. Remove from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving so it can come to room temperature.
Recipe Tips & Tricks
- Larger heads of cauliflower, over 6 inches in diameter, might need a little longer to cook.
- You can use crumbled feta, but I’d recommend using a block of feta and crumbling it yourself in the food processor. Some crumbled cheeses have anti-caking agents in them, which can make it hard to achieve a smooth consistency when blended.
- Use high-quality olive oil, which will add more flavor to the feta dip.
You’ll may have leftover feta dip, depending on how much you like to eat with your cauliflower. You can make a smaller batch if you have a small food processor, but it can be hard to blend a tiny batch in a large food processor. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to use the leftovers!
Ideas for Using Leftover Whipped Feta
If you happen to have any leftover whipped feta, there are plenty of ways you can use it!
- Use it as a sandwich spread! Smear it on toasted bread and pile it high with vegetables.
- Try it as a dip for pita or carrot sticks.
- Serve it on a charcuterie board with your favorite veggies and crackers!
This whole roasted cauliflower is delicious served with a spicy whipped feta dip. This recipe is simple to prepare and it’s a great appetizer or side dish for any meal!
- 1 large head cauliflower, leaves trimmed
- 6 tablespoon olive oil, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 oz feta cheese (see note)
- 2 oz cream cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut the stem of the cauliflower off so the top can sit flush with the bottom of a casserole dish. Remove any green leaves.
- Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
- Bake for 60-70 minutes until tender.
- While the cauliflower cooks, prepare the whipped feta.
- Add the feta and cream cheese to a food processor and blend until chunky.
- While the food processor is running on low, add the remaining 4 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture is smooth.
- Transfer to a shallow dish and drizzle with additional olive oil.
- Sprinkle with red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
- Once the cauliflower is done roasting, let cool slightly.
- Carefully slice into quarters and divide onto plates or cut into smaller pieces to serve to a group.
- When serving, dip the cauliflower into the whipped feta.
You can use crumbled feta but I’d recommend using a block of feta and crumbling it yourself in the food processor. Some crumbled cheeses have anti-caking agents in them which can make it hard to achieve a smooth consistency when blended.
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