Whole roasted cauliflower with creme fraiche dressing

For a new take on the classic roast dinner - bake cauliflower whole with nuts and herbs then serve with a zingy creme fraiche dressing.

  • 1 hr cooking
  • Serves 4
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  • 1/4 cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange rind
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon thyme leaves
  • 2 medium cauliflowers (3kg), trimmed
  • 1/4 cup (35g) coarsely chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup (40g) coarsely chopped brazil nuts
  • 2 cups (80g) firmly packed trimmed watercress
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh dill
Crème fraîche dressing
  • 150 grams (4½oz) soft goat's cheese
  • 125 grams (4oz) crème fraîche
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange rind


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 220°C/425°F. Line two large oven trays with baking paper.
  • 2
    Combine oil, rind and thyme in a small jug; season. Rub cauliflowers with 2 tablespoons of the oil mixture. Add nuts to remaining oil mixture; stir to coat.
  • 3
    Place cauliflowers on one tray and nuts on remaining tray; season. Roast nuts for 4 minutes or until golden and cauliflowers for 50 minutes or until just tender and browned lightly.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, to make crème fraîche dressing, blend or process all ingredients until smooth; season to taste. Thin with a little extra milk if needed.
  • 5
    Combine watercress and dill; serve with cauliflowers. Sprinkle with roasted nuts and drizzle with crème fraîche dressing.


Recipe can be prepared 2 hours ahead, to the end of step 3. Keep covered in the fridge.

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