One of my favorite vegan dinners, this whole roasted cauliflower is easy to make and so tasty. Every person I have made it for has absolutely loved it – including meat eaters.
Whole Roasted Cauliflower
The very first time I cooked whole roasted cauliflower, I made it for a holiday dinner and the whole family LOVED it. I actually intended to post this recipe last year around Thanksgiving, but you know how crazy the holidays are!
I loosely followed hot for food’s recipe and have since made it probably 8-10 times, and the recipe has taken on a life of its own by this point. It’s so dang good and tastes CRAZY similar to a traditional pot roast, while of course being 100% vegan. This recipe is also oil-free, so you can enjoy seconds without any guilt.
Admittedly, I could eat the gravy by the spoonful. The secret to making a “meaty”-tasting gravy is to use soy sauce and a little Worcestershire sauce (be careful not to get one that contains anchovies). I also add some smoked paprika for a little OOMPH. Smoked paprika is a must have in my pantry! It’s what gives bacon alternatives that perfect smokey flavor.
Keeping up with the roast tradition, this cauliflower roast is surrounded by carrots and potatoes. I love how the potatoes just soak up all that savory gravy. Classic comfort food with incredible flavor!
Whole roasted cauliflower is the perfect vegan roast for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas or a Sunday dinner with family. While very simple to make, it does need a little TLC while roasting. I like to baste the cauliflower with the homemade gravy to keep it moist and really amplify the flavor.
The trick to getting even more flavor inside of the cauliflower is…putting the gravy literally inside. This was a genius tip from the hot for food recipe. Place the cauliflower bottom-side-up and pour in some gravy. Give it a little shake to evenly distribute that yummy flavor between the florets. Set the cauliflower right-side-up and brush more gravy all over.
Once the whole roasted cauliflower comes out of the oven, I recommend cutting it like you would a round cake. Serve alongside those potatoes and carrots and that’s a complete meal!
More Cauliflower Recipes:
- Lentil and Cauliflower Soup
- Mashed Cauliflower
- Air-Fried Cauliflower Tacos
- Vegan Cauliflower Bolognese
Whole Roasted Cauliflower
One of my favorite vegan dinners, this whole roasted cauliflower is easy to make and so tasty. Every person I have made it for has absolutely loved it - including meat eaters. Make this for Thanksgiving, or any holiday, or an impressive family dinner!
- 1 whole cauliflower leaves trimmed off
- 4 large carrots chopped
- 4 medium potatoes peeled and cubed
- 1/2 cup vegetable stock
In a medium-sized pot, whisk together all of the gravy ingredients EXCEPT for the cornstarch & water. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.
Whisk together the cornstarch and water until the cornstarch is totally dissolved.
Once the pot is no longer simmering, slowly whisk in the cornstarch mixture.
Put the pot back on the stove and return to a simmer until thickened.
Pre-heat oven to 450F degrees.
Arrange the potatoes and carrots in a roasting dish with the cauliflower in the center.
Place the cauliflower upside-side-down and pour 1/3 cup of the gravy into it. Give it a good shake to distribute the gravy. Place back right-up-side up and brush more gravy on the top.
Add 1/4 cup of vegetable stock to the bottom of the dish (this will help steam the veggies.) Pour a little gravy over top the potatoes and carrots, as well.
Cover the dish and bake for 40 minutes, brushing the cauliflower with more gravy halfway through.
Uncover the cauliflower roast and brush more gravy on. Bake for another 30 minutes, brushing with more gravy halfway again.
Remove from the oven and serve while hot. There should be some gravy left in the pot - feel free to drizzle more on top of your plate. Stuff's good! Enjoy!
*Many brands of Worcestershire sauce contain anchovies. Vegan Worcestershire sauce does exist (Annie's brand and Kroger brand are vegan for sure), but if you can't find it, you can omit it and substitute apple cider vinegar for a little zing.
This recipe was inspired by hot for food.