It is always so tempting to bake with fruit. Obviously, fruit and sweet go very well together. However, I also love the idea of combining the sweetness or tartness of fruit with savory dishes.
I have incorporated apples into several savory foods in the past. Apples are great in sandwiches (try goat cheese, avocado and sliced fuji apples on walnut bread–to die for!), on pizza with gorgonzola and caramelized onions, in Thanksgiving stuffing, and of course in salads.
This was my first experience roasting apples–although I have several times roasted pears with butternut squash and other veggies, such as for this Roasted Butternut Squash and Pear Soup . Roasting apples with cauliflower and just a few simple seasonings brings out a different flavor in the apples–they are mildly sweet and a little tart, and compliment the roasted cauliflower which has an almost nutty taste. A drizzle of lemon juice and a sprinkle of thyme do wonders to the flavor here–I love when simple seasonings add so much to a dish!
This is a great easy, quick, healthy side dish.
1 head cauliflower
1 Tablespoon olive oil, divided in half
Pinch of sea salt
2 apples, such as fuji, gala, honeycrisp
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp dried (or 1 tsp fresh) thyme
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Cut cauliflower into florets and spread on a roasting pan. Drizzle with 1/2 Tbsp (1 1/2 tsp) olive oil and sprinkle with a little sea salt. Toss to coat. Roast the cauliflower for 20 minutes, tossing halfway through.
While the cauliflower roasts, prepare the apples by slicing into 16ths.
Remove the cauliflower from oven and toss with apples, the other 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, lemon juice and thyme.
Return pan to oven and roast for another 15 to 20 minutes (again stirring halfway through), until apples are soft.
Enjoy your simple, healthy side dish!
Happy, healthy eating!
What are the most interesting ways that you have used apples in cooking?