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Smoky Cauliflower Bites

These healthy little treats work well as a side or as fun bite size appetizers. Roasting the cauliflower adds deep flavor and gives it an irresistible crunch. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 medium head cauliflower, broken into florets


  • Preheat oven to 450°. Mix first 6 ingredients. Add cauliflower florets; toss to coat. Transfer to a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Roast until tender, 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Give these bites even more smoky, spicy flavor by dipping them in chipotle mayo.
  • Want even more heat? Squirt a little sriracha or hot pepper sauce on them as soon as they come out of the oven.
  • If you really like smoky flavors, use smoked Spanish-style paprika.
  • This cauliflower recipe is a go-to favorite for Christmas appetizers or easy Thanksgiving appetizers, especially since preparation is so simple.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 129 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 408mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 vegetable.

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    • asneib01
      Apr 24, 2020

      My family loved it; even my four kids- whom do not like any roasted veggies! Followed recipe as directed. Will make this often!

    • Kerrismom
      Sep 3, 2019

      Used romanesca cauliflower to make this recipe. It was my first time ever preparing romanesca and I was apprehensive! Not to worry though, when my daughter took the first bite of this dish she exclaimed, “Oh, this is good!” We tried it with the chipotle mayo as suggested in the Taste of Home test kitchen comments at the end of the recipe. So flavorful on its own and perfect accompanied by the chipotle mayo. Will definitely make again!

    • pajamaangel
      Jul 10, 2019

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    • delowenstein
      Jan 4, 2018

      I'd made these bites on 12/9/17! These tasty veggie bites are a real winner! Thank you for sharing this recipe, Courtney Stultz!