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Monster Brains | Roasted Cauliflower

Monster Brains | Roasted Cauliflower

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A bit of news is cooking over at the Chez Us kitchen.  I am very excited to tell you that I am doing some meaty recipe development for the Back Burner.  Every Tuesday I will bring a new meat-lovers dish to your kitchen.  Before we dive into a full-on meat feast I want to share this recipe for Monster Brains | Roasted Cauliflower.


Monster Brains | Roasted Cauliflower

If meat is not enough to keep you full, Monday – Friday, the Back Burner will be feeding you with recipes contributed by more delicious home-chefs:

  • Monday: Lauren, Healthy Food for Living, will be covering light lunch recipes–soups, salads, and sandwiches.
  • Wednesday: Kathy, Busy Vegan, is about eating vegan on the go and she will be giving us veggie-oriented/healthy recipes.
  • Thursday: Grace, A Southern Grace, We’d like her to be the voice for things sweet and baked.
  • Friday: Greg, Sippity Sup, will be specializing in cocktails and drinks

The theme this week is all about Halloween food for Kids.  I wanted to start your night of trick and treating by filling up your little ones with a healthy meal of Bloody Eye Balls with a Side of Worms and a bowl of Monster Brains. I don’t have children;  but, after 10 years of taking care of MEM, I stand firm on the fact, if you make a meal fun, they are more likely to eat it.  I use to tease MEM that we were going to eat a side of Monkey Brains or Lizard Lips for lunch;  they would giggle with delight and ask for more.

Our recipe for Monster Brains is basically roasted cauliflower.  We are big fans of roasting our vegetables, and especially fall and winter ones.  Roasting adds a depth of flavor and a bit of gooey caramelization to the vegetables as it brings out their natural sugars.  

I decided to use cauliflower because of the bumpy surface, which is similar to our brains.  The addition of garlic and Parmesan adds more flavor to an otherwise bland vegetable.  This recipe is the perfect companion for a dish of Bloody Eyeballs and Worms and is sure to make your little ones squeal with delight.

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Recipe:  Monster Brains | Roasted Cauliflower


1 head of cauliflower, cut into medium pieces

1 clove of garlic, sliced very thinly

2 tablespoons olive oil

parmesan cheese

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

How To:

Heat the oven to 425.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a mixing bowl toss the cauliflower and garlic with olive oil.
Make sure to coat each piece of cauliflower really well.  Put into the oven and roast for 45 minutes;  or until golden brown.
Stir the mixture every so often to distribute even cooking.
Remove from the oven and put into a serving bowl.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.


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Val DeWees

Sunday 5th of April 2015

I was online looking for a roasted cauliflower recipe when it dawned on me that you must have one! We loved it! Thanks for being a site I can count on! XO - Mia and Val


Sunday 19th of April 2015

YAY! It is so good - we eat it weekly. Lots of veg recipes over here that Mia may love too!! ~ Denise & Lenny

Alison @ Ingredients Inc.

Thursday 27th of October 2011

I"m going to try this. I just fried cauliflower for a client project but this looks amazing!

Brian @ A Thought For Food

Wednesday 26th of October 2011

Looking forward to your new recipes! Love these "brains"!

Chanty@Tiniest Kitchen

Sunday 23rd of October 2011

love this! Going to do these with the kids I nanny for a fun Halloween dinner!

Jennifer (Delicieux)

Thursday 20th of October 2011

Love the monster brains!!! They really do look a little like brains!