Whole Baked Romanesco with Ajvar Sauce

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Romanesco (Roman cauliflower), a cross between cauliflower and broccoli, is a tasty side dish that has bizarre spiraling points. The whole roasted romanesco makes a beautiful presentation as well as being really delicious with ajvar sauce.

Whole Baked Romanesco with Ajvar Sauce

adapted from Jamie Oliver
  • 1 Red onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1 head /800 g Romanesco
  • Olive oil
  • A handful of black olives, stoned
  • 2x400 g Bottled ajvar sauce
  • 150 ml Vegetable stock
  • 1 stalk Green onion, finely chopped for garnishing
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Trim the outer romanesco leaves. Trim away and discard the stalk so the cauliflower can sit flat.
  2. Add the chopped onion and a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet and and slowly fry for 10 minutes until softened and with a little colour. Add the olives, ajvar sauce and vegetable stock. Stir everything together and bring to the boil.
  3. Transfer the sauce in a baking dish. Take the romanesco and gently push it down into the sauce. Spray the romanesco with a little olive oil and bake for around 1 hour 20 minutes, or until golden and tender. Garnish with chopped spring onions.

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87 comments:

Balvinder Ubi 22/2/16 06:25

I have never seen this kind of cauliflower but it looks soooo.. good in the ajvar sauce.

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Tania | My Kitchen Stories 22/2/16 08:53

Hi Angie. I love avjar, what a great recipe!!!!.

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Rosa 22/2/16 09:08

Delicious! That is such a great idea. I love ajar sauce and Romanesco...

Cheers,

Rosa

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Veena Theagarajan 22/2/16 09:12

Delicious.. nice combo.. colorful attraction

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Ann Low 22/2/16 12:43

WOW! This romanesco looks very pretty and delicious. I must try to make this ajar sauce too. Sounds so good!

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Jeanette Chen 22/2/16 12:45

What a stunning presentation Angie - I love how naturally beautiful romanesco is.

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Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 22/2/16 12:55

What a beautiful dish Angie. I've never seen a Roman cauliflower. My BIL would go crazy over this. He loves cauliflower.
Sam

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Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy 22/2/16 13:56

I have never tried these before, but I saw one in the supermarket the other day and I meant to buy one.

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Melanie @ Melanie Cooks 22/2/16 15:47

I haven't even heard about Romanesco, but I think I've seen it at the grocery store and thought it was some unusual cauliflower :) I like both broccoli and cauliflower, so I'm sure I'd like it! And this is a great way to prepare it, looks so yummy!

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grace 22/2/16 15:51

what an impressive beast! i've never seen anything like this, in the grocery store or on a plate in front of me--thanks for the introduction and great recipe!

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Ashley@CookNourishBliss 22/2/16 16:30

This really is such a gorgeous presentation! And it sounds delicious too!! Hope you had a great weekend!

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Elisabeth Foodandthrift 22/2/16 17:51

Angie, your new post just popped up for me...left comment on the previous post as well. For a moment, I got sidetracked with the name, Romanesco! The name is referred to an Italian sauce, which is called by this name. We have this special cauliflower, but it is still called cauliflower (I think)...not seeing it that often, so I'm not so sure. It is absolutely divine, and very creative how you made it. A must try, as soon as I see it in our supermarkets!

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Barbara 22/2/16 17:54

I had no idea that's what it was called! I buy it frequently. This is a lovely dish, Angie!

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Geraldine Saucier 22/2/16 19:11

Wow, this cauliflower looks beautiful and yummy. I do not know if I can find this kind of cauliflower at my market. If not, I will use regular cauliflower. Thanks for sharing.

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Nancy Chan 22/2/16 19:19

I have seen this cauliflower before and bought it once but I didn't know that we can bake it. This is interesting.

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Alida @mylittleitaliankitchen 22/2/16 19:59

Goodness me this looks impressive! What an original funky yummy recipe! Love it! Goodness is being served. Brava Angie fab presentation!

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norma chang 22/2/16 22:56

Never heard of ajvar sauce, had to look it up, this sure is an easy dish and makes a lovely presentation.

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Cheri Savory Spoon 22/2/16 23:13

Hi Angie, had to look up ajvar sauce sounds delicious, love that you baked the romanesco whole. beautiful dish......

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Kelly 22/2/16 23:18

This looks beautiful, Angie! My mouth is watering over this romanesco! So fresh and delicious!

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Muna Kenny 22/2/16 23:34

Wow Angie! I learn a lot from you. I didn't know that this vegetable existed. So interesting. Now I'm so curious to know how it tastes.

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Lei Angeles 22/2/16 23:58

I've been thinking what was that Romanesco. Now I know. It looks delicious. I love cauli and broccoli.

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Velva 23/2/16 02:14

Roasting cauliflower is the best thing that has happened for cauliflower (smile).
As always, your dish looks wonderful. Beautiful.

Velva

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Gina Stanley 23/2/16 02:26

This looks great as always, I love that cauliflower need to be on the lookout for some.

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Christine Ho 23/2/16 02:28

Haven't seen any Romanesco sold at nearby supermarkets yet. But it looks so interesting and pretty on the ajvar sauce. This dish makes me think of Christmas. :)

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Monica 23/2/16 02:40

I've only had this kind of cauliflower at restaurants...so good! Love the sauce. It looks so very tasty!

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Cathleen 23/2/16 04:01

Oooh, this is gorgeous! What a great idea!

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Kushi S 23/2/16 04:07

That looks so beautiful and delicious. Can't wait to try this out!

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Sharon D 23/2/16 05:23

Nooo..this is too gorgeous, Angie! I have seen this vegetable, but had no idea what it was called. Now I know!

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Adina 23/2/16 10:48

I love romanesco, it is so good looking!!! Great thing to cook it in one piece and retain its beauty.

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Elin Chia 23/2/16 13:51

Baked romanesco !!! Looks delish with Ajvar sauce :)

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No Spoon Necessary 23/2/16 13:55

I LOVE whole roasted cauliflower or broccoli, but for some reason I have never tried it with romanesco.. Doh! This looks so fabulous and absolutely beautiful! I've never heard of ajvar before, but it looks delicious! Cheers, Angie and thanks for introducing me to something new! ;)

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Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen 23/2/16 14:53

Wow, Angie! This romanesco looks absolutely delish and gorgeous. And I have never had this ajar sauce. Need to give it a try!

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Mother Rimmy 23/2/16 16:03

Your timing couldn't be better! romanesco came in my csa and I had no idea what to do with it. It's an interesting looking veggie, isn't it?

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Abbe@This is How I Cook 23/2/16 17:11

OK Angie! I know the romanesco, but that sauce I have no clue about. Please spill the beans!

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Hema 23/2/16 17:36

Romanesco, ajvar sauce, both are new to me, but the dish looks so tempting and delicious..

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Harriet Emily 23/2/16 18:11

This is such a gorgeous recipe Angie! I've never tried a baked Romanesco before, it sounds so delicious. I definitely need to try this!

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CookWith Manali 23/2/16 19:06

it looks pretty Angie, I have never tried one! :)

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fimère .b 23/2/16 21:05

une assiette gourmande et joliment présentée
bonne soirée

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Evelyne CulturEatz 23/2/16 21:54

Wow that is stunning. I have yet to buy and cook a romanesco myself. Not even sure what Ajvar sauce is ???

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Jasna Varcakovic 23/2/16 23:34

Interesting combination and look; LOVE ajvar!

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Tricia Buice 24/2/16 01:24

This sounds wonderful Angie and it's a beautiful dish too! We haven't tried this sauce but will have to check it out. Have a wonderful week!

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Liz Berg 24/2/16 01:43

It sure is a gorgeous vegetable! And your recipe sounds wonderful!!!

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lena 24/2/16 02:45

whenever i looked at this cauliflower, it just reminds me of the head of the buddha. This is such a beautiful dish an dim sure it is very tasty too!

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MASTERCHEFMOM 24/2/16 03:50

This is so new to me. It is so enlightening to know about completely different looking vegetable.

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mjskit 24/2/16 04:03

What an awesome recipe Angie! I've seen Romanesco in the produce section a couple of times, but didn't know what it was. Nice time I see it I'll be picking one up now that I know. Thanks!

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Hiba abbas 24/2/16 04:45

A totally new and mind blowing recipe , awesome.

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Hiba abbas 24/2/16 04:48

A totally new and mind blowing recipe , awesome.

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Dawn Yucuis 24/2/16 05:20

This baked romanesco looks delicious. A really beautiful presentation.

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Angie Schneider 24/2/16 06:23

@Evelyne CulturEatz It's a sauce made with roasted eggplant and chili peppers. I bought them in ALDI.

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Peachy @ The Peach KItchen 24/2/16 14:15

Romanesco is really such a pretty vegetable! I hope I can find one..

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Vicki Bensinger 24/2/16 17:15

YOu know I've never tried this before but have seen them in the stores. Your recipe sounds so interesting and it's beautiful. I bet it tastes fantastic!

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Shashi at RunninSrilankan 24/2/16 18:47

OH MY! Romanesco is simply gorgeous! And you have done an exceptional job with it! Fantastic combo and it looks magnificent Angie!

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The Caked Crusader 24/2/16 19:45

What a fab looking dish - it looks like an alien landscape!

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Pam 24/2/16 20:34

I've never had romanesco. The presentation is stunning!

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Chrissy Barua 24/2/16 22:22

I just made ajvar sauce myself! Sooo good.

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Roz Corieri Paige 24/2/16 22:48

What a perfect vegetable to have both yummy cauliflower and broccoli combined! I have to keep my eyes out for this special vegetable! Beautiful photos, Angie!!!!!

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Sokehah Cheah 25/2/16 14:40

I've seen this vegetable before but didn't know what's it called and how to cook this. Now I know. Thanks for sharing!

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Jean | DelightfulRepast.com 25/2/16 19:18

Angie, what a great way to cook Romanesco and retain its unique appearance! Looks like something I must try next time I can get my hands on one.

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Catherine 25/2/16 22:10

Dear Angie, That is such a pretty presentation and it looks delicious and healthy too. Have a wonderful day. xoxo Catherine

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Rebecca Subbiah 25/2/16 22:36

wow this is so cool and creative

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Nammi 26/2/16 02:39

Wow i have seen this but never ate it.

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All That I'm Eating 26/2/16 17:30

How pretty is this, I've not tried baking a cauliflower before but I really need to give it a try soon!

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Irene Thayer 26/2/16 21:35

The post is fantastic! I love it so much:)
Have a nice weekend!

www.theprintedsea.blogspot.com

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Gourmet Getaways 26/2/16 23:50

What a strange vegetable!
I would love to try this dish.
Thanks so much for sharing!
Julie
Gourmet Getaways

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SavoringTime in the Kitchen 27/2/16 01:23

I think Romanesco is one of the most beautiful vegetables that I've seen but I've never had it! I hope one day I'll find it here and be able to try this great recipe. So pretty!

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Karen (Back Road Journal) 28/2/16 19:44

What a pretty presentation your dish makes. I don't know why stores don't carry romanesco. I've never seen it here in Florida or when we lived in New England. I do enjoy it when it is served in restaurants in Europe.

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Reeni Pisano 29/2/16 02:02

I love the idea of cooking this whole Angie! It's different and I like that. I never heard of Ajvar sauce before! Would like to try it.

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Amy 29/2/16 02:40

This is such a gorgeous dish and presentation. Healthy and wonderful for entertaining too. :)

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Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes 29/2/16 06:45

I've never tried Romanesco but I totally love how you are always trying new and exciting ingredients. This looks delicious!!

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Von 29/2/16 09:26

woahhhh the romanesco looks super bizarre! I love how you kept its shape- it looks amazing! At first I thought it was a custard apple or something haha

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Eva Taylor 29/2/16 13:16

This unusual vegetable always reminds me of Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona! I know it's strange!
The recipe sounds wonderful, I must give it a try one day.
Eva http://kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com/

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kitchen flavours 29/2/16 14:24

Beautiful dish! I have seen recipes using this cauliflower but have not seen it over here before. Looks very interesting!

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Emma @ Bake Then Eat 29/2/16 19:23

Oh wow Angie what a dish and what a fantastic sight it would make on the table. Love it :D

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Gloria Baker 1/3/16 00:10

Angie this look absolutely beautiful!!
xoxo

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tigerfish 1/3/16 04:09

We just enjoyed the whole-roasted cauliflower again yesterday. I definitely like this rendition of whole-roasted roman cauliflower too. Now I am new to ajvar sauce but maybe I can use tomato sauce?

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Angie Schneider 1/3/16 17:56

@tigerfish Sure you can use tomato sauce instead of Ajvar, which is made with roasted eggplant and bell peppers.

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Koko 1/3/16 19:25

Romanesco has got to be the coolest looking vegetable ever. I love the idea of cooking it whole...what an impressive dish to look at, and I bet it tastes divine!

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Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies 4/3/16 00:28

Beautiful dish! I have seen photo's of Romanesco, but did not know what it was, so thank you for this! If any of my local stores every carry it, I will have to try it.

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Katalina Kastravet 4/3/16 06:24

OMG Angie, I have never ever seen something lie this! Its amazing :) you are so talented!

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My Inner Chick 6/3/16 18:41

Well,
that has to be the most intriguing meal I've ever encountered.
In A Good Way!
Brilliant. xx

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Mary @ Fit and Fed 20/3/16 20:12

Picture's worth a thousand words here! And leave it to you, Angie, to expand my culinary horizons by using something I've never heard of, the Anjar sauce. Sounds good with the roasted red peppers!

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Rosita Vargas 27/3/16 16:31

He visto esta linda verdura la voy a preparar con tu receta me gustó se ve muy elegante servido,abrazos

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The Hungry Mum 21/5/16 11:31

what a crazy looking veg! This dish looks so good and healthy.

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