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How do you bake a whole cauliflower?

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To bake a whole cauliflower, remove the leaves and cut across the base so that the head rests flat on a baking sheet or roasting pan. Season the outside of the cauliflower with spices or a marinade, and bake at 450 degrees for 40 to 60 minutes.

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How do you bake a whole cauliflower?
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High heat is crucial for roasting a whole cauliflower because it enables the entire head to cook through and creates a crispy exterior. The oven should be preheated to 450 degrees before preparing the cauliflower. Cooks can remove the center rack to provide ample vertical space in the oven.

A trimmed and washed head of cauliflower can be seasoned with almost any combination of herbs and spices. For a spicy side dish, cooks can mix lime, chili, cumin and garlic into plain yogurt, and rub the mix all over the head of cauliflower. A more time-consuming recipe involves coating the head with olive oil and pushing chopped fresh rosemary and thyme into the florets. Rubbing a cut clove of garlic over the exterior of the cauliflower before seasoning adds an extra level of flavor that works with almost any spice blend.

Other toppings that can be used on the head of cauliflower include Parmesan cheese, herbes de Provence, and Indian spice blends.

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