A Girl & Her Food: Stephanie Izard's Roasted Cauliflower


Stephanie Izard's Roasted Cauliflower

 Stephanie Izard shared this recipe with her guests at the Macy's Culinary Council cooking demo last week.  It is actually an amazing dish featured on the menu at her vastly popular restaurant Girl and The Goat.  The recipe consists mainly of roasted cauliflower, mint, pine nuts and pickled peppers.  The pickled peppers are so good that after the demonstration I ran over to Little Goat and bought them (they come in a mason jar and cost only $5).  Later this week, I plan to get the ingredients and pickle the peppers myself. This is a delicious and filling meal that is perfect for Meat Free Monday. I would recommend it as a main if you are a vegetarian or gluten-free, or as a great side dish for you carnivores. Enjoy! 

and my retake in my kitchen.....

 Stephanie Izard's Roasted Cauliflower 


2 Tablespoons Canola Oil (I used Grape seed Oil) 
1 head cauliflower, quartered, outer leaves and core removed and cut into 1/4 inch slices
2 teaspoons salt
3 Tablespoons Crunch Butter (see Recipe), At room temperature
1/4 cup mint, torn into pieces, plus 1 tablespoon set aside
1/4 cup pin nuts, toasted, plus 1 tablespoon set aside 
1/2 cup Parmesan,grated plus 1 tablespoon set aside 
1/3 pickled peppers (see recipe) 


Heat oil in a large skillet. Add cauliflower and cook over high heat until caramelized and soft, 6 minutes. 
Season with salt and cook an additional 2-3 minutes. Add crunch butter. When melted toss in the mint, pine nuts, and Parmesan. Cook an additional 2 minutes. Plate in a bowl and sprinkle with additional mint, pine nuts, and Parmesan. 
Yields 4 servings

Crunch Butter 


5 ounces butter, room temperature
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
6 Tablespoons Panko bread crumbs


In a bowl, mash the butter until softened with a fork (or potato masher). Add the remaining ingredients and mix until fully incorporated. 

Yield 1 1/2 cups

Pickled Peppers 


2 cups champagne vinegar 
4 Tablespoons salt 
3/4 cup sugar
3 banana peppers, seeds removed, sliced into thin rings on a mandolin
3 Hungarian peppers, seeds removed, sliced into thin rings on a mandolin 


In a pot, bring vinegar, salt and sugar to a boil. While still hot, pour the pickling liquid over the peppers. Let cool to room temperature, keeping the peppers submerged in the liquid. When cool, cover and refrigerate. 

Chef note: in the restaurant we use a Crumber to remove all of the seeds from the peppers to ensure that we keep them whole and not pierce the flesh. You can use a long spoon or a paring knife. Yields 1 quart. 

Recipes compliments of Stephanie Izard 


  1. Yum! I just bought some cauliflower and have been looking for a new recipe to try. Love pine nuts, too! Thanks :)

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