By author and chef Tom Hunt

Cauliflower leaves are quite delicious and roast incredibly well alongside the cauliflower steaks. The hazelnut sauce is as moorish as it sounds working well alongside the toasty, sweet flavours of the roasted cauliflower.

Ingredients (serves 4-6 as a side dish or starter)

  • 1 small cauliflower, leaves still attached
  • 50ml olive oil, plus extra for serving
  • 80g hazelnuts, soaked for a minimum of four hours or overnight if possible
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar (or sherry)
  • 25g stale bread
  • 1 ts dried mint or 2 sprigs fresh mint with leaves whole or torn and stalks finely chopped.

Method

To roast the cauliflower

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. First pull off the larger leaves from the cauliflower, cut them in half – through the middle of the stem – and place into a medium-sized roasting tin.
  3. Cut the cauliflower into 3cm thick slices or steaks from top to bottom and add to the tin. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Roast in the oven for 25-35 minutes until the cauliflower chars slightly and softens inside.

To make the hazelnut sauce

  1. Place 50g of the soaked hazelnuts in a high powered blender with the garlic, 50 ml olive oil and vinegar.
  2. Soak the bread in 120ml of water for a few seconds or until soft, add both the water and the bread to the blender.
  3. Blend to a very smooth paste for several minutes.

Serve the slices of roast cauliflower and crispy leaves drizzled with the hazelnut sauce, the remaining hazelnuts, crushed and sprinkled over the top and torn mint leaves.