The Best Easy Vegan crusted Cauliflower Roast

There’s vegan roast and then there’s this deeply rich, deeply satisfying crusted cauliflower roast. Think simple, rustic, and melt-in-your-mouth amazing crispy on the outside soft and almost melting cauliflower with a sweet-spicy zingy combo of red pesto paste crust. It doesn’t get much better than this vegan roast.

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How amazing can easy vegan crusted cauliflower roast get? 

The answer is very, very delicious. Think crispy, golden brown, spicy with a hint of sweetness and just the right mix of crunchy and soft textures. It really doesn’t get much easier or more delicious than this made-for holiday Vegan roast. 

Easy peasy vegan crusted cauliflower roast dinner hack

I like to make my dinner extra simple by adding a variety of veggies to the pan around the roast. Everything just cooks together becoming deliciously golden and Caramelized. It’s a quick, simple, and oh-so-tasty quick way to create a full meal with little work.

Some of the veggies and fruits that work really well with this roast are:

  • Red onions 
  • Whole garlic
  • Parsnips 
  • Sweet potatoes 
  • Pumpkin 
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini 
  • Beets 
  • Apples

You can use any of these or add your favorites. Just drizzle with olive oil and spices and roast in the oven with the roast.

Long live easy to get ingredients 

If you like a simple, no-fuss ingredient list that isn’t a mile long as much as I do then this is the recipe for you. There are no specialty ingredients. Just simple, flavor-packed, and utterly tasty items on this list.

So, what do you need to make an easy vegan crusted cauliflower roast?

Let’s take a look at the simple ingredients you need:

  • Cauliflower 
  • Red pesto (or your preferred vegan pesto)
  • Spices
  • Panko bread crumbs (or chopped almonds for gluten-free version)
  • Any extra veggies or fruit you might want

How to make The best Easy vegan Christmas cauliflower roast 

As if this easy vegan roast wasn’t already phenomenal there’s a way to make it the star of your Christmas dinner. 

To add a little extra holiday flavor, I have the quickest simple solution. Simply add:

  • 1 teaspoon allspice 
  • A pinch of ground cinnamon 

That will get all the holiday aromas wafting through the air…and infuse the roast with the most amazing holiday flavors. 

Gluten-free vegan roast 

For a gluten-free version of this delicious roast, all you have to do is substitute the Panko bread crumbs with medium-fine chopped almonds. You can also add two tablespoons of sesame seeds to give it an extra crispy texture.

The Best Easy Vegan crusted Cauliflower Roast

There’s vegan roast and then there’s this deeply rich, deeply satisfying crusted cauliflower roast. Think simple, rustic, and melt-in-your-mouth amazing crispy on the outside soft and almost melting cauliflower with a sweet-spicy zingy combo of red pesto paste crust. It doesn’t get much better than this vegan roast.
How amazing can easy vegan crusted cauliflower roast get? 
The answer is very, very delicious. Think crispy, golden brown, spicy with a hint of sweetness and just the right mix of crunchy and soft textures. It really doesn’t get much easier or more delicious than this made-for holiday Vegan roast. 
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword vegan
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 1 roast
Author Simone – Munchyesta.com

Ingredients

  • 1 head Cauliflower
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Red Pesto Vegan
  • 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • Pinch of Salt and Pepper
  • ½ cup Breadcrumbs or finely chopped almonds if gluten-free

Optional roasted veggies 

  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Beetroot Cut into large Chunks
  • 2 Parsnips Cut into large Chunks
  • 1 Zucchini Cut into large Chunks
  • 3 Red Onions Cut into large Chunks
  • 10 cloves Garlic With the peel still on
  • 3 Apples Cut into wedges
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • Pinch of Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F hot air and line a baking sheet with baking paper.
  • In a small mixing bowl, add three tablespoons of olive oil and mix in vegan red pesto. 
    In another bowl, mix together bread crumbs with paprika, thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • Next, cut the stem off the cauliflower and rinse it. Lightly pat it dry. Place the cauliflower on the lined baking sheet and rub the pesto mix all over it. Pour the breadcrumb mixture on top of the cauliflower and pat it firmly all around it to create a nice crust.
  • Gently place all the chopped veggies around the cauliflower and drizzle them with olive oil, paprika, thyme, salt, and pepper.
    Cover the roast with tinfoil and cook in the oven for 25 minutes. Stir the veggies and remove the tinfoil. Cook for the remainder of the time, or until the cauliflower roast is cooked all the way through and the crust is golden and crispy.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Notes

add 1 teaspoon allspice and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon to the crust to add more holiday flavor 

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