This is a signature dish from Ester
restaurant in Sydney, Australia which is one of the top restaurants in Australia, as well as being one of the trendiest. The recipe was provided by the restaurant to Gourmet Traveller Australia
which is where I found it. The restaurant chargrills it in an enormous wood fired oven. I don't have one of those in my tiny kitchen but the chargrill flavour is easy to recreate using the grill/broiler. I've provided two alternative sauce options because the almond sauce is quite rich and also sometimes I can't be bothered to pull out my food processor to make the sauce. :)
1. The cauliflower I used was around 25cm / 10" in diameter.
2. This recipe makes more Almond Sauce than you need because it is hard to make a smaller amount. Reserve leftovers in the fridge and drizzle over roasted vegetables or meats.
3. The Almond Sauce is quite rich. So here are two other simple sauces that go really well with this that are lighter and faster / easier to make.
Lemon Yoghurt Sauce - a simple sauce alternative that matches superbly with roasted cauliflower. Mix together 1 cup of creamy plain yoghurt with 1/2 tsp salt, black pepper, 1 small garlic clove (minced), 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 to 2 tbsp of lemon juice. Place in the refrigerator for the flavours to develop for 20 minutes. Variation: Add 3/4 tsp cumin powder to give this dish a Middle Eastern twist.
Yoghurt Tahini Sauce - creamier than then Lemon Yoghurt Sauce but still much lighter than the Almond Sauce! Mix together 3/4 cup of creamy plain yoghurt with 2 tbsp of tahini, 1/2 tsp salt, black pepper and 2 tbsp of lemon juice. Place in the refrigerator until required.
4. Nutrition assuming 4 servings which is a fairly substantial serving (1/4 cabbage per person).