Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic and Anchovies

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Adapted from Bibiana


  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 oz anchovies packed in oil
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Cut cauliflower into florets and rinse thoroughly.
  3. In a large pan/cast iron skillet over medium high heat, add the anchovies and the oil they’re packed in. Melt down the anchovies down, stirring with a wooden spoon, until it forms a paste. Add garlic. Sautee for a few minutes (don’t let garlic get too dark). Add lemon juice and cauliflower to the pan and toss to coat.
  4. Place in a baking dish large enough so that the florets form one layer. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper. Sprinkle panko crumbs on top. Drizzle with olive oil. (If you’re using a cast iron skillet, you can just leave everything in there and pop the whole skillet into the oven).
  5. Bake 30-35 minutes, giving everything a good stir about halfway through the baking time, until cauliflower is fork-tender and panko has turned golden brown. Remove from oven, sprinkle with parmigiano, salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

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