Cauliflower Poppers II

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Cauliflower Poppers – cauliflower pieces coated with simple spices and roasted to perfection.


What? What’s with the cauliflower poppers II?

Well I have another version here, but I love my cauliflower so much I had to try it with different spices.

But before I do I need to complain a little about the weather we’ve having. I can’t take it anymore!! You Calgarians out there know what I’m talking about. It is past the middle of March and it won’t stop snowing. I crave warm weather. I want to not see snow anymore! It’s days like this that I wish I lived on a secluded island…

OK, I have to snap back to reality. I’m sorry if I complain about winter all the time, but the winters here are long and dreary.


Anyway, back to today’s recipe which is a favorite of mine, not of my husband’s though, which is a bonus for me because we don’t have to fight over these morsels. I don’t know what it is about roasted cauliflower that I love so much, but I do, and especially if you flavor the cauliflower with different spices like I did this time, very simple spices I might say, smoked paprika, and salt and pepper. You can’t get any simpler than that. I did rub some olive oil over the cauliflower pieces, but that’s about it. I do like my cauliflower nicely roasted. This is so delicious, it’s like popcorn, it’s healthy, it makes a perfect side dish, it’s the ultimate healthy snack.

Have I sold you on it yet? Come on, cauliflower is good for you, stop being fussy and make this!


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Cauliflower Poppers II
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Serves: 4
  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cleaned and cut into pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl mix the paprika, salt and pepper together.
  3. In another large bowl toss the cauliflower with the olive oil so that each piece is covered. Sprinkle the spices over the cauliflower pieces and toss to make sure each piece is coated with the spice mixture.
  4. Place the cauliflower on the baking sheet and bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. You will have to turn it every 15 min or so to make sure it browns on all sides.


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  1. Jim says

    Alright Jo….I’m gonna try this with my steak dinner tonight. Went out and got some smoked paprika. Looks great and know I’m gonna love it. Thank you from 92 deg. Arizona 3/21/15.

  2. Tim says

    A simple hack, mix the coating ingredients in a plastic bag throw in cauliflower florets and shake them up and ‘pour’ out on baking sheet – get a more even coating and toss the bag out – one less bowl to wash.

  3. Linda says

    Just made this recipe for the second time in s many weeks. Very tasty! We devour an entire head of cauliflower at a time! I spray with PAM to hopefully save on some calories instead of the olive oil!!

  4. Judy says

    I thought poppers were jalapeño peppers stuffed with cream cheese or something dipped in egg and bread crumbs and fried. I asked another cooking blog what it was but was never replied to so I googled them. I can’t get smoked paprika. Do you ever use green Thai curry. If so I need a question answered. Anybody can reply actually. It’s as hot as hades where I am.

  5. Julia says

    Ooh ooh! Me me me! Calgarian! 😀 so sick of winter! But these poppers will make my day in the next few!

  6. Cheryl says

    I tried this recipe, I baked for 45 minutes but never acheived the browning as shown in the photo. I am thinking of putting them in on broil for a minute or two. But basically the cauliflower is kind of soft now. hmm must be doing something wrong, could use some advise.

  7. says

    Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is collecting links to dishes using cauliflower and/or cabbage. I do hope you link this in. This is the link . It would be great if you checked out some of the other links – there are lots of good ones already. Cheers

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