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:

147 calories

Dietary restrictions:

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

Daily value:



  • Fat 96g 147%
  • Carbs 196g 65%
  • Saturated 16g 79%
  • Fiber 46g 183%
  • Sugars 55g
  • Monounsaturated 62g
  • Polyunsaturated 12g
  • Protein 60g 120%
  • Cholesterol 27mg 9%
  • Sodium 2,482mg 103%
  • Calcium 787mg 79%
  • Magnesium 364mg 91%
  • Potassium 5,859mg 167%
  • Iron 17mg 95%
  • Zinc 8mg 50%
  • Phosphorus 1,071mg 153%
  • Vitamin A 18µg 2%
  • Vitamin C 880mg 1,467%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 136%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 95%
  • Niacin (B3) 23mg 113%
  • Vitamin B6 4mg 191%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 1,123µg 281%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 11%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 15mg 73%
  • Vitamin K 398µg 498%
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