One of our favorite ways to prepare cauliflower is to bread and fry it. But this can take time and is quite messy, so I have found a simple and clean method for making this dish: bake it in the oven. As the breaded cauliflower bakes it becomes soft and creamy on the inside with a crunchy breadcrumb exterior. Delicious.
1 medium head cauliflower
3 large eggs
salt and pepper
2 c. Italian style breadcrumbs
1/2 c. olive oil (not extra virgin), divided
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Rinse cauliflower, then trim away the leaves and stem; cut into florets. Let cauliflower pieces drain on a paper towel to dry. Beat eggs in a pie plate or shallow dish. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour breadcrumbs into a second shallow dish. Dip cauliflower pieces in egg, then breadcrumbs. Make sure the cauliflower is well coated with the crumbs. Drizzle 1/4 cup of the olive oil onto a baking sheet. Make sure the oil is spread to the edges of the pan. Place breaded cauliflower onto prepared pan. Drizzle the remaining 1/4 c. of olive oil over the cauliflower to moisten the crumbs. Bake for 30-35 minutes until fork tender. Turn the cauliflower about every 10 minutes during baking so the breadcrumbs do not burn. Remove cauliflower to a paper towel-lined plate to drain slightly before serving. Serves 4-6.