Well, folks were very enthusiastic when I posted a test shot of this concept on Instagram two weeks ago.
It’s a super simple idea, and I’ve been wondering if it would work for quite a while! I love roasted cauliflower and I love bacon, so this seemed like an obvious win-win if I could pull it off, but I know some people aren’t so fond of cauliflower (I have also heard there are people who aren’t so find of bacon but this is obviously a myth). I have to say, this technique certainly results in tender, flavorful cauliflower but it’s mostly just damn cool: “bacon cauliflower” could mean little pieces of cauliflower wrapped in bacon, or bacon cauliflower salad, or bacon cauliflower casserole but NOPE put on your big boy pants because this is both simpler and more intense than any bacon cauliflower combination I’ve seen before. 😉
This delicious baked bacon cauliflower pairs the full flavor of bacon with the crumbly softness of cauliflower.
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 1/2 package of bacon
- Preheat the oven to 350° F. Wash the cauliflower and trim the leaves and stem off.
- Position the cauliflower stem side down, then lay a strip of bacon across the cauliflower, tucking the ends of the strip under if there's excess. Continue laying strips of bacon over the cauliflower with a slight overlap, rotating as you go, until the whole cauliflower is covered.
- Set on a rack over a rimmed baking sheet to catch the grease as it drips, then bake in the preheated oven for one hour to one and a half depending on the size of your cauliflower and the thickness of your bacon.
- When the baked bacon cauliflower is ready, the bacon will be well-colored and the cauliflower al dente.