Abigail Cahill O'Brien

Warm and Hearty Vegetarian Roasted Cauliflower Spread

In Food, Uncategorized on January 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Food and Wine’s toasty, sesame-y, gingery spread is perfect for this time of year, when everyone’s detoxing from holiday cheese plates and sick of hummus.

It’s good enough to eat with a fork for lunch, which is exactly what I’m doing right now.


Instead of using ground coriander, I toasted a small pile of whole coriander seeds on the same cookie sheet as the cauliflower.  I then pureed everything at the same time with an immersion blender.  Don’t know about you, but pulling out the food processory for a Wednesday night appetizer seemed like overkill.  The immersion blender worked just fine.    I omitted the walnut oil, though if you have it on hand it would be a delicious addition, and skimped on the vegetable oil to no adverse effect.


  • 1 head of cauliflower (2 pounds), halved crosswise and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander or whole coriander seeds
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons tahini (sesame) paste
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • Sesame seeds
  • Pita bread or chips, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°. In a large bowl, toss the cauliflower with the oil, ginger and coriander and season with salt. Spread the cauliflower on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for about 40 minutes, stirring once or twice, until tender and lightly browned in spots. Let cool slightly.
  2. Transfer the cauliflower to a food processor. Add the tahini and lemon juice and pulse to a chunky puree; season with salt. Add the cilantro and pulse just until incorporated. Transfer the spread to a bowl and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve warm with pita bread or chips.
  1. This looks incredible…..

  2. Made this tonight and loved it! I didn’t have cilantro but decided to give it a go anyway… smooth, warm and satisfying. Thanks for the heads up!

  3. oh my goodness this looks delicious!!! And at least its not a post about the cold!

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