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I am most certainly not taking any credit for this laughingly simple technique that impresses both in flavor, texture, and looks. My version coats a whole head of cauliflower in canola oil, and seasons it with smoked salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast until crispy and dark brown on the outside, and tender inside. Serve a wedge over a smooth squash puree* (in this instance, kabocha) and garnish with a bright, fresh gremolata.

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*I went all indulgent with butter and cream, but feel free to omit for a vegan version.

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And here it is, the final component to the perfect roasted chicken. Okay, so it has nothing to do with the actual roasting process. But I guarantee* that this is such a magical addition, it will become an essential part of the dish.

We’re talking about gremolata, typically a combination of garlic, herbs and zest. In this version, finely minced garlic is combined with finely chopped fresh parsley, minced lemon and orange zests, S & P.

*This is based on nothing. In fact, I don’t really guarantee anything. You may not even like the thing. It doesn’t really matter, because if you don’t like it, it’s safe to say that I don’t like you.