A slightly more elegant way to eat roasted cauliflower is by mashing it once it’s done roasting. It’s a hard decision—eat roasted cauliflower trees, or mash ’em up. Mashing them does make it easier on the belly (if that’s an issue), and it’s one way to have a plate of garlicky, creamy mashed.
I added thyme to the cauliflower before roasting, but you can keep it simple by using just the garlic and olive oil. I like a bit of Parmesan cheese with my mashed cauliflower, so I sprinkle some of that in at the end, in the blending phase.
I probably don’t need to suggest ways to eat this, but in case you’re looking for ideas, this goes great in a shepherd’s pie, with roasted meats (if you eat meat of course), and other green roasted or lightly sauteed vegetables, like spinach and kale.