Roasted Cayenne Cauliflower Popcorn

by zesty on January 30, 2009 · 25 comments

Another Friday is here… the weekend is upon us!  I hope you had a great week.  As I write this post, I am just getting back from the stand up comedian show put on by Jeremy Hotz… simply amazing.  My cheeks still hurt from smiling and laughing so much.  If you have not heard him before you should check out his website or look him up on youtube.

SUPER BOWL Sunday is drawing closer and I will be making lots of traditional treats such as ribs, wings and nachos. In addition to those tasty treats, I thought I would share with you a kicked up appetizer, called Cauliflower Popcorn, to watch the pregame with.  I originally seen this idea from Bob Blumer (The Surreal Gourmet) on the food network.  This is a great way to jazz up a pretty plain vegetable.  Check it out.


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 Tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 dried cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 Tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 Tsp. freshly ground black peppercorns
  • 1/4 Cup olive oil
  • Salt to taste


  1. Add the cayenne pepper, ground nutmeg, ground cumin, and ground black pepper in the bowl mixing well. (Do not add the salt yet! It has to be added after cooking, or it would dry out the vegetables). Pour this spice mixture into the olive oil and mix together well.
  2. Put the oven rack in the middle position and preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Meanwhile,  cut cauliflower into individual bite-sized florets and coat with spice mixture.
  4. Toss until well mixed.
  5. Spread onto baking sheet.
  6. Once the oven is preheated, put in the cauliflower and roast it, keep tossing it every 15 minutes or so
  7. Leave the cauliflower to roast until it is tender.
  8. Top with salt.
  9. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: When cooking vegetables, always salt after the cooking process is complete but make sure you do it right away.  Same holds true when you deep fry anything.

Have a great weekend and if football is your thing… ENJOY the game!

Take care


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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 pigpigscorner

Not a big fan of cauliflower but it sure does sound delicious with all the spices! Might give roasted cauliflower a try!


2 VeggieGirl


Happy Friday, Cory!!


3 Godiva2

Sounds good, but not Super Bowl good!


4 Godiva2

Sounds good, I might try it, but not for Super Bowl.


5 Lucky Lady

Wow! Just what I want to try this weekend. My husband needs to lose some weight, so I’m always looking for great veggie dishes!


6 Meg

What a fun recipe! Definitely have to try it!


7 Rose

Nice, healthy alternative for the Super Bowl. Thanks for sharing!


8 brandi

I love roasted cauliflower! I haven’t made it in a while.


9 Mara @ What's For Dinner?

That looks awesome! I’ve been roasting a lot of cauliflower lately, but this looks like a new twist.
Thanks Cory!


10 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)

Brilliant. I’m always amazed at the many uses of cauliflower. Thanks Zesty – this will be perfect for game day!


11 Bob

I’ve been looking for more ways to cook cauliflower, thanks!


12 Pearl

wow! what a great snack for superbowl!


13 Maggie

This is awesome! I love cauliflower :)


14 teeni

Hmmm – might be able to get the husband to eat cauliflower after all! Thanks!


15 Jayhawk Girl

Beautiful! Hi Cory! I just wanted to let you know that on Sunday morning I am starting a new weekly posting (Sunday Shout Outs) where I blog about some of my favorite posts from other bloggers. This week your Chicken Broccoli Pasta made my list. Thanks for posting such great stuff!


16 marisa (trim the fat)

Ooh, I love cauliflower! Looks awesome!


17 Kath



18 carolinebee

great tip, i always salt first! Football isn’t so much my thing- but i do like commercials and food and beer :D


19 Julie

You almost made me want to like cauliflower. Almost :)


20 Erin

GET OUT! I am so making this! I just printed the recipe – it’s going on the meal plan! Gorgeous job!


21 Nirvana

This looks so good and so simple to make. Thanks for sharing! Enjoy the Super Bowl!


22 ttfn300

looks like a great alternative to my cardamom roasted cauliflower :)


23 Kevin

Roasted cauliflower is so good. I like the spice blend on this.


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