Smoky Cauliflower – Smoky Roast Cauliflower on Creamy Cauliflower Garlic mash

This recipe is truely celebrating the cauliflower and testament to its versatility. I think it’s one of the most versatile vegetables in fact. Can you remember  the days when the height of cauliflower cuisine was cauliflower cheese?
I do already have quite a few dishes containing my beloved vegetable here but one more won’t hurt right? What I love about this dish is that it proves that you can make a whole and absolutely delicious meal out of one head of cauliflower.

So here it is, smoky roast cauliflower steaks on a bed of super creamy cauliflower and smoked garlic mash – this is my kind of lunch! And you have to scoop up its creamy deliciousness with some flatbread of course?

Here’s some of my favourite cauliflower dishes!

Purple Sprouting Broccoli & Cauliflower Cheese Tart

Sweet Potato, Cauliflower and Peanut Stew

Roast Purple Sweet Potato & Cauliflower Soup

Crispy Coconut Cauliflower with Minty Peas & Pita

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  2 servings
  10 minutes preparation time
   cook time


  • For the roast veg; 
  • 1 large cauliflower

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1/2 sea salt

  • 1/2 chipotle chilli flakes

  • 1 bulb smoked garlic – or standard of you can’t get it

    For the mash;

  •  The cooked Cauliflower florets

  • Juice 1/2 lemon

  • 1 tsp sea Salt

  • 5 tbsp almond milk

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds

    To serve;

  • Cherry tomatoes

  • Sunflower seeds

  • Flatbread


  1. Cut cauliflower in half and cut one half up into florets. Cut the other half into thick steaks.
    Add to a large roasting pan with the oil, salt, chilli and whole garlic.
  2. Roast for 20 minutes on 180 c then check on the garlic – remove when it’s soft and oozing a little.
  3. Continue to roast the cauliflower for a further 15-20 minutes until the cauliflower is cooked and golden brown. Remove from the oven. Set aside the steaks.

To make the cauliflower mash;

  1. Toast the sunflower seeds in a dry pan until slightly toasted (be careful not to burn) – set aside.
  2. Add the roast cauliflower florets, half the sunflower seed, lemon juice, salt, almond milk, olive oil and the roast smoked garlic to a food processor. Blitz until you get a creamy mash.

To serve;

  1. Add the mash to a large serving plate, top with the roast cauliflower steaks, sunflower seeds and cherry tomatoes.
  2. Serve with warm flatbreads


  1. Cassie Thuvan Tran on May 16, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    I can’t celebrate cauliflower enough! I have always wanted to try roasting a whole cauliflower in a bunch of delicious spices. I have to try your cauliflower garlic mash as well as your sweet potato cauliflower curry. Both look so so heavenly!

    • Niki on May 18, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      Aww Cassie! Thank you so much.
      I love love cauliflower xx

  2. Tania | Fit Foodie Nutter on May 29, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Cauliflower is one of my faveourite vegetables too! What a great recipe Niki x

    • Niki on June 2, 2018 at 5:29 am

      Thank you lovely!
      I totally agree, so deliciously versatile!
      Love, Niki xx

  3. Hollie on June 3, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    What temperature do you roast it on please x

    • Niki on June 14, 2018 at 9:11 pm

      Hi Hollie
      Best on 180c
      Love, Niki xx

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