Roasted Cauliflower with Anchovy Breadcrumbs



For the anchovy breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 Cup  extra-virgin olive oil
  • anchovy fillets, rinsed and chopped finely
  • cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • shallot, peeled and diced
  • 1 Cup  fresh breadcrumbs

For the cauliflower

  • heads cauliflower
  •   8-10 fresh sage leaves, chopped roughly
  •   Zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 Teaspoons  sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
  •   Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

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by Sam Sifton

It is important to note that this dish does not have an anchovy flavor. Indeed, there is no reason ever to tell anyone who eats this dish that there are anchovies in it. The taste is merely salty and rich — and reflects beautifully off the sweet, creamy taste of the cauliflower beneath its slightly crunchy breadcrumb topping.

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For the anchovy breadcrumbs

Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan set over medium heat. When the oil shimmers, add the anchovies, garlic, shallot, and breadcrumbs. Cook until golden, 5-7 minutes.

For the cauliflower

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Break the cauliflower into florets and toss in a bowl with the sage, lemon zest, sugar, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and spread out on a large baking sheet. Place in the oven and cook until tender and golden, about 20-25 minutes. Then, remove from the oven and transfer to a large bowl. Toss together the cauliflower and breadcrumbs and serve on a warmed platter. 


Calories per serving:

148 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 96g 148%
  • Carbs 199g 66%
  • Saturated 16g 80%
  • Fiber 48g 190%
  • Sugars 55g
  • Monounsaturated 62g
  • Polyunsaturated 12g
  • Protein 60g 121%
  • Cholesterol 27mg 9%
  • Sodium 2,482mg 103%
  • Calcium 861mg 86%
  • Magnesium 384mg 96%
  • Potassium 5,907mg 169%
  • Iron 18mg 102%
  • Zinc 8mg 51%
  • Phosphorus 1,075mg 154%
  • Vitamin A 32µg 4%
  • Vitamin C 882mg 1,470%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 139%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 96%
  • Niacin (B3) 23mg 114%
  • Vitamin B6 4mg 197%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 1,135µg 284%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 11%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 15mg 75%
  • Vitamin K 476µg 594%
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