Roasted Cauliflower Dippers with Smoked Paprika Aioli
I find cauliflower to be a rather deceptive and mendacious vegetable. Why? A head of cauliflower is a pleasing sight to behold. All those pretty white florets all bunched together in a nest of green leaves – it looks like a pretty flower! Even the word floret is pleasing, evoking images of tiny flowers. And once this vegetable catches your eye, it is hard to resist. And then you bring it home and put it in the fridge until you need a veggie side dish. And then that day comes when you actually need that veggie side dish…and you feel disappointed. You now have to actually eat the cauliflower, not just look at it. Cauliflower isn’t horrible, just blandly cabbage-y. And I seem to fall for this ALL the time. Finally, I said, how can I make this taste as pleasing to my taste buds as it looks? So I gave them a vibrant coating of seasonings like smoked paprika, cumin, and coriander, roasted them up, and turned them into dippers. What better dip than a nice from-scratch smoked paprika aioli? Dipping really does make everything better.