Recipe: Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower with Queso Cotija Dressing

Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower with Queso Cotija Dressing | From "Pati's Mexican Table: Season 5, Episode 9"
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This recipe was originally published on patijinich.com.


Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower with Queso Cotija Dressing

Brocoli y Coloflor Rostizadas con Aderezo de Cotija

Serves 5 to 6



For the vegetables:

  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3 chopped chiles de arbol, or 1 generous teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds broccoli, cut into 1/4" vertical slices, including thick part of stem
  • 2 pounds cauliflower, cut into 1/4" vertical slices, including thick part of stem

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso cotija
  • 2/3 cup Mexican crema
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or to taste

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To Prepare

For the vegetables:

Preheat oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix the lime juice, orange juice, olive oil, chile de arbol, 1 teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Brush 2 large baking sheets with olive oil. Place the broccoli and cauliflower on each baking sheet, making sure that it is well spread out and not crowded. Evenly pour the orange juice mixture all over the vegetables.

Place in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, flipping once in between, until well roasted and considerably charred. Remove from the oven.


For the dressing:

In the jar of the blender, combine the queso cotija, Mexican crema, vegetable oil, sherry vinegar, water, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Puree until smooth.

Serve the broccoli and cauliflower in an extended platter and ladle the queso cotija right on top, or let your guests spoon sauce onto their plates and dip their vegetables in the sauce to their liking.


S5 E9: Isla Mujeres Inspired
Watch the full "Pati's Mexican Table" episode, "Isla Mujeres Inspired," featuring this recipe.

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