The Best Roasted Cauliflower (& Dinner Party Menu!)

A recent dinner party menu & trust me, you need this cauliflower recipe in your life! 😉🙌🏻

Last weekend we had few friends over for dinner and I’m sharing the menu below. Most of the dishes we serve at dinner parties are really simple wine food – Mike did the grilling (wild-caught salmon and also filet mignon, not pictured) for the main dishes and I did the apps and sides. I like things I can make ahead (like the caprese). Another one of my tips if you can’t make the full dish ahead is to prep as much as you can prior – for example, for the arugula salad, I toast the pine nuts ahead, grate the cheese, and zest the lemon and keep everything covered and fresh until time to assemble.

But trust me, you need this super-delicious roasted cauliflower recipe in your life! 😉🙌🏻

Winter Maple Roasted Vegetables

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 large sweet potato, about ½ lb., peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • ½ lb. small purple potatoes, quartered
  • ½ lb. broccoli, trimmed into florets
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. dried cranberries
  • 1 oz. candied pecans, or roasted pecans
  • 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Combine sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, purple potatoes, broccoli, and shallots in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and maple syrup, and toss to coat.

  3. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spread vegetables in a single layer on baking sheet, leaving a little room around each vegetable (you may need 2 baking sheets). Sprinkle with fresh rosemary, Kosher salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Roast until vegetables are tender and have some charred bits on the edges (approx. 25-30 min). Use a spatula to flip vegetables mid-way through cooking.

  5. Add in candied pecans and dried cranberries, and transfer to a serving dish.

  6. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Here’s our full dinner menu:

Cheese Platter with St. Andre, Truffle Cheese, Drunken Goat, Aged Proscuitto, Speck, Castelvetrano Olives, Artichokes, Pickled Cucumbers, Herbed Mozzarella & Roasted Marcona Almonds
Simple Gilled Salmon with Dill, Lemon, Salt & Pepper
Arugula Salad with Shaved Pecorino, Lemon Zest & Toasted Pine Nuts
UAV Mozzarella with Tomatoes, Basil Pesto, Olive Oil & Fresh Basil

I always pick up dessert from a local bakery, because who has the time?! Last but not least 100% don’t forget the dessert wine!

Here was our full wine menu:

Bon Appétit!

xx — BB

9 comments on “The Best Roasted Cauliflower (& Dinner Party Menu!)

  1. Barbara

    Just had a roasted cauliflower steak for lunch at a fav NYC lunch spot and it was different and delicious. Thank you for the recipe!!

    • breebasham

      Yum, now THAT sounds good!! What spot in NYC do you like for lunch?

  2. That is your best cheese plate yet!

  3. Your food pics are beautiful. You could be a food stylist! Great work. Will definitely try the cauliflower recipe.

    • breebasham

      Thank you!! I honestly need to get going with a DSLR, I’m taking all of these on my iPhone right now. 😂But I love doing it! Let me know how you guys like the recipe if you end up trying it! It’s one of my all-time faves…

  4. Sara Stith

    I’m going to make that cauliflower dish!

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