Roasted Cauliflower Hummus 

I love to pre heat my oven and  throw a whole cauliflower in with some EVVO, spicy peppers, and sea salt and cracked pepper. IN FACT, the oven is my best friend, and it will transform an ordinary cauli into an earthy, robust, flavourful hummus. Spread it on  everything.. it goes with eggs, rice crackers, toppings for snacks and toast, and if you load it up with all the trimmings, it will transform your friday night drinks to this .

 

Roasted cauliflower hummus 

 

Roasted cauliflower hummus 

Makes 3-4 cups

Prep time 10 minutes 

Cooking time -1 hour 20 minutes 

1 whole cauliflower

2 Tbsps extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt & cracked pepper

1 Tbsp Aleppo pepper flakes

1 Preheat oven to180c or 160c fan forced . Line a tray with baking paper, place a whole cauliflower into the prepared tray and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, cracked pepper and Aleppo flakes.

roasted cauliflower hummus

Pour 1 cup water down the side of tray, (so the cauliflower steams for the first part of cooking and becomes tender) cover and cook for 40-50 minutes. Remove cover and roast for another 20-30 minutes till golden brown and stalks are tender. Cool sightly.

Golden brown cauliflower

2  Cut the cauliflower into manageable pieces that will fit into the food processor. Pulse in batches till combine and smooth. Add ingredients for my home made hummus below and pulse till smooth.

 

 

My home-made Hummus

Makes 2 cups

easy as and 5 minutes to prepare

400g chick peas, rinsed & drained

1 clove garlic, peeled, chopped

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp tahini

1 lemon , juiced ( ¼ cup juice)

Salt & pepper

1 Place all ingredients into a  food processor for 2-3 minutes  with 1/3 cup water till creamy & smooth.  Use as a dip, or on sandwiches. Or combine everything in a deep bowl and use a hand held blender to process till smooth.

 

 

 All the Trimmings 

extra virgin olive oil

caper leaves in olive oil

hemp seeds

micro herbs and

tamari almonds, shaved.

 

Sizzle Tip- I haven’t given amounts here, just use your imagination, and what you have on hand in the cupboard. A simple neutral colour tone looks nice against the earthy hummus, and all these flavours compliment each other.

Try some grated lemon rind, pomegranate pearls , some mint leaves and a good drizzle of olive oil. something crunchy to add texture , a salt explosion, and some balanced colours are always visually appealing . The skies the limit.