Roasted Cauliflower Bruschetta

I’m that person who brings vegetables to a party. Thanks to Roasted Cauliflower Bruschetta, I can finally feel cool doing it.

Roasted Cauliflower Brushetta-An easy, healthy party appetizerThe guy who brings the cheese dip is cool. The girl who brings carrots…not so much. Guests flock to Cheese Dip Guy; Carrot Girl obviously didn’t realize that she was attending a party, not a detox spa day. Fortunately, despite my irrefutable celery stick ways, my friends still talk to me at social gatherings. I credit this achievement partly to my charm, but mostly to the big batch of these cookies I bring to supplement the vegetables.

I don’t intend to stop bringing vegetables to parties anytime soon—I maintain that it’s nice to have at least one healthy option to buffer the onslaught of Vel-to the-veeta—and thanks to Roasted Cauliflower Bruschetta, I now have a recipe that both pleases my fellow guests and provides a lighter appetizer alternative.

Roasted Cauliflower Bruschetta // Well-Plated

Roasted Cauliflower Brushetta-A healthy party appetizer that even picky guests loveWhere standard vegetable trays sit neglected by guests on their way to devour higher priority items (ahem, Buffalo Chicken Pizza), Roasted Cauliflower Bruschetta flies off the platter. It’s caramelized, salty-sweet, and delivered on a crispy slice of olive oil toasted baguette. Eating vegetables at a party hasn’t been this popular since someone thought to deep fry a pickle (brilliant, by the way).

In fact, with its vibrant tomato base, meaty roasted cauliflower topping, piles of fresh basil, and briny capers, Roasted Cauliflower Bruschetta is so big on flavor, chances are that you (and your guests) won’t even suspect that it’s good for you too.

Roasted Cauliflower BrushettaCheese Dip Guy, beware—Roasted Cauliflower Bruschetta is poised to steal your place as the party’s most popular attendee.

Roasted Cauliflower Brushetta

Toasted baguette slices topped with tomato sauce, sweet roasted cauliflower, fresh herbs, and tangy capers. This creative and healthy twist on classic bruschetta is sure to be a hit at any party.

Yield: 12 bruschetta

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 thin baguette slices (about 1/2 standard-sized baguette)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 head large cauliflower, cut into small pieces (1 heaping cup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup Progresso Fire Roasted Tomato Recipe Starters
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil

Directions:

  1. Place rack in the upper third of oven and preheat over to 400 degrees F. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the cauliflower with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast until tender, 15 to 25 minutes, shaking the pan once halfway through. Remove from oven and toss with the capers.
  2. Heat a grill pan or skillet to medium high. Brush both sides of baguette slices with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Grill each side until lightly golden and crisp, 3-5 minutes per side. Set aside.
  3. Spread the tomato sauce on the toasted baguette slices and top with the cauliflower-caper mixture. Garnish with fresh basil and serve warm or at room temperature.

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53 comments

  1. I adore cauliflower and how creative to incorporate it into bruschetta…another favorite! Cheese dip guy…beware, for sure!

  2. Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables! You can bring this to my house anytime!

  3. I’m the girl who hovers over the veggies, so I LOVE Cauliflower Girl! And this bruschetta. Big yum.

  4. Roasted Cauliflower is one my favorite things ever! I love the idea of putting it on bruschetta!

  5. What a beautiful idea! I’ve always undervalued cauliflower… until I tried a Middle Eastern Spiced fried cauliflower dish which made me marvel at its gorgeous ability to carry flavours. Love this new way to use cauliflower, I will definitely try it at my next gathering with friends!! xx

  6. Eating the vegetables lets me drink more wine! Pinned.

  7. What an amazing idea! I never thought of using cauliflower this way. That changes now!

  8. I love that you added cauliflower to the top of these appetizers.

  9. You are my kind of girl, I put roasted broccoli on a sandwich just the other day, only I topped it with fresh mozz…couldn’t help myself :\ Love this yummy bruschetta!

  10. You’re my kind of friend. One that brings delicious veggies to a party is one that is conscious of everyone’s palettes ;) adore this so much! Want to bring it to my party sometime?

  11. Veggies and carbs?! Yes, please.

  12. Love roasted cauliflower! Great idea to turn it into an appetizer!

  13. You can totally bring cauliflower to my party anytime! Love it and love this bruschetta!

  14. Bruschetta is my favorite thing at any party, so I would definitely push cheese dip guy to the side and talk to you ;). Love the addition of roasted cauliflower!

  15. OHHHHH YEEERRS! I’m the girl who brings the veg to the party, too. These bruschetta look amazeballs, dear!

  16. Oh these are pretty!! People like me, thank people like you who bring vegetables to a party … a little balance definitely helps :)

  17. I’m the one who always brings veggies to the party too… The always seem to go over pretty well, but I don’t ever hear someone say how delicious the vegetables were. Your bruschetta looks perfect and I love that you used roasted cauliflower on top. Thanks for sharing, Erin!

  18. LOVE THIS! I’ve been search for yummy cauliflower recipes to include in my weekly CSA newsletter and this is PERFECT!!!!

  19. Love the idea of cauliflower on bruschetta:)

  20. So if the veggie girl brought a tray of this bruschetta -with a huge trough of carrots – I won’t even look at the cheese dip guy!

  21. what a fun bruschetta topping! looks so flavorful :)

  22. If you brought that to my party, you can come anytime!

  23. Cheese guy comment… You seriously crack me up every time! I’m SO trying this one.

  24. Yep, your “that girl” alright, the one who stands out. Look out cheese dip guy for sure as these little babies would taste great & have a bit of one upmanship going on. Love it.

  25. This is such a great idea! I love that you used roasted cauliflower in bruschetta! I am the one hovering over all the veggies at a party so I would totally snub the cheese dip guy for a plate of these beauties :) Love these!

  26. I love having carrots at parties. At least then I don’t feel as guilty if I have a few of them on my plate :) This, I would eat happily, healthy or not! I love cauliflower. What a fun idea!

  27. I would totally be cool with you bringing veggies to one of my parties any day of the week!! But this bruschetta?! BONUS POINTS!!! Obsessed with cauliflower.

  28. Well I always love having at least one veggies-type option at a party – balance it out! This sounds awesome – I love roasted cauliflower and as bruschetta? Yesss.

  29. Yum! I love roasted cauliflower in tacos and burritos. Never thought to slap it on some toast for an amazing appetizer. Looks delicious and can’t wait to try it, Erin!

  30. I’m seriously going to need a giant pan of this!

  31. Hooray for Roasted Cauliflower Bruschetta!!! and hey, I love that you are the veggie platter bringing gal .. we need more of you! :) I going to Big harvest potluck tomorrow in PA and wish I had a kitchen so I could make this and bring this!!! love!

  32. I love bruschetta! This sounds like such a good flavor too with all the additions!

  33. What a genius way to turn cauliflower into a savory appetizer.

  34. I love bruschetta. This looks great, Erin!

  35. I love that you’re the vegetable girl! I’m always grateful for friends like you at parties. :) And I don’t know how anyone could resist this bruschetta. Looks stunning!

  36. Ok soooo you bring the veggies, I’ll bring the wine, and let’s meet half way!!! Deal?

  37. I agree – every party spread needs some veggies! And chocolate. <3 these bruschetta!

  38. Hehe these are super cool! I would love it if someone brought these to my party!

  39. I’m with you on the need for veggies at parties…I need a veggie now and then to reset my cheese dip-eating capabilities. Cauliflower happens to be my favourite veggies (#weirdo) and these look amazing – I can see eating these for lunch too!

  40. This looks so good! I love a good veggie item at a party, especially something as gorgeous as this. I have a cauliflower dish I bust out at dinner parties that’s always a big hit: a whole lemony roasted cauliflower that gets sliced into wedges and served with capers and toasted almonds. This bruschetta totally reminds me of that dish, only tiny and cute and perfect. I’ll definitely be making these for my next cocktail affair!

  41. What an absolutely amazing take on bruschetta! I’d definitely welcome you with open arms if showed up to any party with this kind of vegetable tray!

  42. For us who don’t have a blog, etc., we are looking for reviews and questions by people who have actually made the recipes. It is disappointing to go thru so many comments just high-fiving your colleagues on concepts and beauty. I’m not trying to be mean spirited, I just want info on how the recipe works. We love cauliflower. Anne

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