Roasted Cauliflower Version 2.0 on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Roasted cauliflower is something we make often on the Char-Broil Big Easy. It takes absolutely no time at all to prepare and always comes out perfect. In the past I’ve roasted entire heads of cauliflower in the Big Easy. The only trick to using a whole head of cauliflower is that you have to make sure you buy one that’ll fit into the Big Easy basket.

This time (aka Version 2.0) I thought I’d try using florets instead. And for a little color and ‘ahhhhh’ factor, I used a combination of purple and orange cauliflower. Topped with what has become our house-favorite seasoning, Casa Seasoning from AlbuKirky Seasonings, this cauliflower was tender and tasty. Perfect.
Roasted Cauliflower on the Char-Broil Big EasyTo keep the roasted cauliflower florets from failing thru the Char-Broil Big Easy baskets I lined them foil. With the addition of two bunk bed baskets you could easily cook a good-sized head of cauliflower. You can also use this same recipe for making broccoli.

Also try my Bang Bang cauliflower, also made on the Big Easy. Not in to cauliflower? Roasted carrots are amazing!

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Roasted Cauliflower Version 2.0 on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Too cook a medium head of cauliflower all at once I used two bunk bed baskets, both lined with foil. You could get by with a single bunk bed basket and then also line the bottom of the Big Easy basket with foil.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Note: I prefer to remove the florets from the cauliflower and then steam them. You can also boil them, but steaming them isn't as violent so they tend to stay together. Also, if you are using purple or orange cauliflower boiling tends to remove some of the color.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Lay a single layer of foil inside the basket and/or bunk bed baskets.
  • Add the cauliflower in a single layer. Try to not over-crowd too much. A little is ok, but stacking them won't result in even roasting.
  • Lower the basket into the cooker and cook for 10-20 minutes depending on how done you want your cauliflower.
  • Remove and let cool slightly before seasoning with your favorite seasoning and serving.

Roasted Cauliflower on the Char-Broil Big Easy

As much as I use my Char-Broil Big Easy to cook up fantastic chicken, I also use it just as much for side dishes. This roasted cauliflower came out absolutely delicious. Tender and flavor-packed, with just a hint of smokiness from the bacon. And as with anything I cook on my Big Easy, it was easy to make.

Make sure when you pick out the head of cauliflower at the store that you don’t get a really big one or it won’t fit into the Big Easy. Shoot for one that is about 8″ wide. Or if you prefer, try my recipe for roasted cauliflower florets.
roasted-cauliflower-on-the-char-broil-big-easyFor a little kick don’t be afraid to add a few pinches of dried red pepper flake to the chicken broth as you cook the cauliflower. It won’t be overwhelmingly hot, but it’ll give you a slight hint of heat.

You can roast cauliflower in the standard basket that comes with the Big Easy or a bunk bed basket (lined with foil to keep the liquid in), or the Big Easy cooking rack.

Not in to cauliflower? Roasted carrots are amazing!

Love your Big Easy as much I love mine? Check out my Big Easy Add-Ons page and my free Big Easy eCookbook!

Roasted Cauliflower on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 small or medium head cauliflower leaves removed, stem trimmed
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • Fresh thyme or dried
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted, divided
  • 4 slices thick-cut smoked bacon cooked, crumbled
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Place the cauliflower in a pot and add the chicken stock.
  • Add the thyme and bay leaves.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 12 minutes.
  • Drain but reserve some of the cooking liquid.
  • Fire up your big easy.
  • Place the cauliflower into a pie pan and place into the cooking rack.
  • Pour 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid over the cauliflower.
  • Pour half of the butter over the cauliflower.
  • Sprinkle with more thyme and a few pinches of salt and pepper.
  • Place rack into the Big Easy and cook 10-15 minutes or until the cauliflower starts to turn golden in color.
  • Remove from cooker and drizzle with remaining butter.
  • Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with bacon and more thyme, salt and pepper to taste.

Bang Bang Cauliflower on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Since I picked up a cooking rack for my Char-Broil Big Easy I’ve been able to cook all sorts of dishes that I used to have to reserve for indoor cooking. I love being able to cook an entire meal outdoors, and that means sides too. And not just your usual outdoor sides like corn-on-the-cob, or grilled veggies. This bang bang cauliflower dish cooks up in less than 40 minutes. The breading gives the florets just a bit of crunch. And the dipping sauce? Fantastic. Creamy, with just a hint of a spicy kick.
Bang Bang Cauliflower on the Char-Broil Big EasyDepending on conditions, you may have to rotate the pans in the Big Easy as the cauliflower cooks so that each one cooks evenly. If you don’t have a cooking rack you can use the Bunk Bed Basket from Char-Broil, but you won’t be able to cook quite as much cauliflower at once. Whatever you do, do not over-crowd the florets or they will not cook completely.

Love your Big Easy as much I love mine? Check out my Big Easy Add-Ons page and my free Big Easy eCookbook!

Bang Bang Cauliflower on the Char-Broil Big Easy

The best way to cook the cauliflower is to use a Big Easy Cooking Rack. Replace the racks with 9" pie pans, or wrap the racks in foil.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower cut into bite-sized florets
  • 3 cups bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • Fresh parsley chopped, for garnish (optional)

For the dipping sauce

  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Combine bread crumbs and salt in a pie plate.
  • Place eggs into another pie plate.
  • Working in batches, roll cauliflower florets in the egg. Shake off excess then roll in the bread crumbs. Transfer to the pie pans for the Big Easy.
  • Cook in the Big Easy for 20-25 minutes. Keep an eye on the pans on the lower levels as they may brown quicker. I had to rotate my trays after 15 minutes to get nice even cooking.
  • Remove and let cool slightly before garnishing and serving with the dipping sauce.

For the dipping sauce

  • Whisk together all ingredients.

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