Serve a veggie dish they’ll never forget with this Whole Roasted Garlic and Herb Cauliflower with Pomegranate Seeds. It’s as beautiful as it is delicious–a tantalizing Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving side.

The Friendsgiving Spread

This recipe is part of the Friendsgiving Spread, filled with charming details and inventive and delicious twists on your favorite holiday dishes. From appetizers to the main dish, sides and dessert, everything on the menu is planned carefully so all you have to do it put it together. Or, better yet, make it a potluck affair with your friends, for a meal and a memory you will cherish making together.

What a Mouthful!

Whole Roasted Garlic and Herb Cauliflower with Pomegranate Seeds. Do not attempt to say this three times fast. But do include this festive side in your Thanksgiving menu because WOW. It’s so good, y’all. And so pretty! Carefully coating the cauliflower with olive oil before roasting creates that delicious golden crust. And the red pop of pomegranate is so cheery and festive. It’s a gorgeous addition to your holiday spread.

A bite of roasted cauliflower with pomegranate seeds by The BakerMama

And that flavor! Simple ingredients make this dish a stand-out. Bright, tart pomegranate, fresh savory herbs and mellow, tender cauliflower are such a surprise for the tastebuds. It’s unexpected and delicious and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Whole Roasted Garlic and Herb Cauliflower with Pomegranate Seeds by The BakerMama

How to Make Whole Roasted Garlic and Herb Cauliflower with Pomegranate Seeds

After preheating the oven to 425°F, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then, in a small bowl, stir together the finely chopped herbs, minced garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes.

Next, using a large sharp knife, cut the stem from the bottom of the cauliflower crown to get a flat surface so the crown will stay upright as it bakes. Place cauliflower crown, cut side down, on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil mixture over the top and then use your hands to rub it so it evenly coats the entire cauliflower head.

Roast until fork tender and caramelized on top, with several charred spots, about 45-50 minutes. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt and pomegranate seeds. Serve cauliflower warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!

More Holiday Vegetables Sides

Just because it’s not the main dish, doesn’t mean it can’t be a star! Wrapped in crispy bacon and topped with a sweet and savory glaze, these Green Bean Bundles take your holiday veggie to the next level. Brussels sprouts don’t get nearly the love they deserve. And after you learn how to roast Brussels sprouts, you’ll never want to leave them off your Thanksgiving menu!

If you make this Whole Roasted Garlic and Herb Cauliflower with Pomegranate Seeds for your Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving feast, be sure to snap a picture and share it with me or tag me on Instagram @thebakermama so I can see. ???? I love seeing how inspired and creative y’all get with the recipes I share. Have fun and enjoy!

xoxo,

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Whole Roasted Garlic and Herb Cauliflower with Pomegranate Seeds by The BakerMama

Whole Roasted Garlic and Herb Cauliflower with Pomegranate Seeds

  • Author: The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40-50 minutes
  • Total Time: 47 minute
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

Serve a veggie dish they’ll never forget with this Whole Roasted Garlic and Herb Cauliflower with Pomegranate Seeds. It’s as beautiful as it is delicious–a tantalizing Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving side.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 large cauliflower head
  • 1 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Flaky sea salt, for garnishing
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds, for garnishing

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the finely chopped herbs, minced garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  3. Using a large sharp knife, cut the stem from the bottom of the cauliflower crown to get a flat surface so the crown will stay upright as it bakes.
  4. Place cauliflower crown, cut side down, on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil mixture over the top and then use your hands to rub it so it evenly coats the entire cauliflower head.
  5. Roast until fork tender and caramelized on top, with several charred spots, about 45-50 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt and pomegranate seeds. Serve cauliflower warm or at room temperature.

About The BakerMama

Maegan is the author of the best-selling Beautiful Boards and its next-level follow-up, Spectacular Spreads. She started blogging in 2012 and has over 700 original recipes on The BakerMama. She truly enjoys sharing her easy, family-friendly recipes, creative meal ideas, food board creations, and entertaining spreads to encourage others to get in the kitchen and make something memorable for their loved ones to enjoy together. Learn More

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