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Blood and Brains (Cauliflower and Romesco Sauce)

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Blood and Brains (Cauliflower with Romesco Sauce)

Blood and Brains (Cauliflower and Romesco Sauce)

Jessica Braider
I mean, can it get any more gruesome than a brain covered in blood?! This dish is guaranteed to get squeals of delight as you slice and serve the brain! What is more, not only will everyone be getting a nice dose of vegetables, but with the addition of whole wheat bread and almonds to the Romesco sauce, they’ll also benefit from some whole grains and protein!
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Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3/8 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 12 oz. roasted red peppers sold in a jar
  • 14 oz. diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 1 slice bread (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed)
  • ½ cup almonds
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. white or red wine vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper or to taste
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese optional


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place the whole head of cauliflower on a baking sheet. Salt the top and bottom with ¼ tsp. of salt. Roast for 40 - 45 minutes, or until tender when tested with the tip of a paring knife and just starting to brown on top.
  • Meanwhile, combine all of the remaining ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender and blend until mostly smooth (if there is some texture from the almonds, that is ok).
  • Place the cooked cauliflower on a plate and the pour sauce over it to resemble blood. To serve, slice the cauliflower and top with additional sauce and Parmesan cheese, if desired.


Note: You will have a lot of leftover sauce. It makes a wonderful pasta sauce, topping for grilled meats, spread for sandwiches, or pizza sauce.
Nutritional Information per serving (% based upon daily values):
Calories 124, Total Fat 8g, 13%, Saturated Fat 1g, 5%, Cholesterol 0mg, 0%, Sodium 77mg, 3%, Total Carbohydrate 11g, 4%, Fiber 3g, 13%, Sugar 4g, Protein 4g
Keyword Dairy-Free, Fall, Gluten-Free, High Fiber, Holidays/Special Events, Kid-Friendly, Kosher, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian
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