Whole roasted cauliflower with anchovy sauce

Whole roasted cauliflower with anchovy sauce

Laura Edwards

I love going on Saturday Kitchen – it’s such a buzz and an opportunity to cook with some wonderful chefs. I was on the show with the brilliant Andi Oliver a few months ago, and she cooked a whole cauliflower with turmeric and Stilton cream, which was so delicious I’ve been looking at what I could do with a whole roasted cauliflower. Here it is! Remember not to waste the leaves; just trim them from the cauliflower, fry in a little butter and garlic and serve on the side.


Quantity Ingredient
1 whole large cauliflower
olive oil
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
2 banana shallots, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely sliced
good pinch dried chilli flakes
8 salted anchovies, finely chopped
600g fresh tomatoes, finely chopped
75ml fresh vegetable stock
100ml double cream
50g unsalted butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Remove the leaves from the cauliflower and set aside to use later. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and blanch the cauliflower for 4–5 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Put the cauliflower in a roasting tin and drizzle all over with olive oil. Season well and roast for 40–50 minutes until it is tender and golden.
  4. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Add a little oil to a pan and gently fry the shallots for 10 minutes until softened. Add half of the garlic and the chilli flakes and cook for a minute more. Add the anchovies and let them dissolve, then add the tomatoes and stock.
  5. Season and cook for 10–15 minutes until the tomatoes have broken down. Add the cream and bubble for a minute more.
  6. Heat the butter in a separate pan with the rest of the garlic and fry the cauliflower leaves with plenty of seasoning. Serve the cauliflower with the buttery leaves and the anchovy sauce spooned over the top.
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