Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dirt to Table Experience: Cauliflower Steaks with Olive Relish and Tomato Sauce

Would you have thought that you could roast and caramelize cauliflower to enjoy like a meaty steak?  I raised my eyebrow initially at the idea, but with half a dozen heads of fresh cauliflower from the garden, we were ready to take our weekend dinner path in a different direction.  I am not advocating that you replace your juicy steak with cauliflower steaks.  However, if you are looking for a fast, super fresh, absolutely delicious alternative...You have come to the right place.

By cutting a whole cauliflower into very thick slices you create an opportunity to experience this vegetable in a whole new way.

It goes from being a bland vegetable to being a dish that will rock your world. 
Did I mention that this dish has less than 200 calories?

Cauliflower Steaks with Olive Relish and Tomato Sauce
Serves 4
Recipe from Bon Appetit

1 large head of cauliflower
1/2 cup pitted oil-packed black olives, finely chopped
3 sun dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
3-1/2 tablespoons, olive oil, divided, plus more
2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 garlic cloves
2 plum tomatoes, cored, quartered

Remove leaves and trim stem end of cauliflower, leaving core intact.  Place cauliflower core side down on a work surface.  Using a large knife, slice cauliflower into four 1/2" "steaks" from center of cauliflower (some florets will break loose; reserve).  Finely chop enough loose florets to measure 1/2 cup.  Transfer chopped florets to a small bowl and mix with olives, sun dried tomatoes, 1 tablespoon oil, parsley, and lemon juice.  Season relish with salt and pepper.

Preheat oven too 400 degrees F.  Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large heavy ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat.  Working in 2 batches, cook cauliflower steaks until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side, adding 1 tablespoon oil to pan between batches.  Transfer steaks to a large rimmed baking sheet.  Reserve skillet.  Roast cauliflower until tender, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, return skillet to medium-high heat and add garlic cloves and tomatoes, one cut side down.  Cook until tomatoes are browned; turn tomatoes over and transfer skillet to oven with cauliflower.  Roast garlic and tomatoes until tender, about 12 minutes.

Transfer garlic, tomatoes and 1/2 tablespoon oil to a blender; puree until smooth.  Season with salt and pepper.  Divide tomato sauce among plates.  Place1 cauliflower steak on each plate; spoon relish over.  Serve warm or at room temperature.



Marina {Yummy Mummy) said...

Beautiful cauliflower. I love cooking it in steaks!

Big Dude said...

Great idea Velva, isn't it fun to cook your own stuff. The bad thing about the headed brassicas is they all come in at about the same time. Even though it goes against my grain, I've learned to start picking some pretty early , so as not to have way to many mature ones. I'm enjoying your garden.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

To me, almost every vegetable taste better when it's roasted. This sounds delicious with the olive relish and tomato sauce. I must try this!

rosaria said...

Perfect timing, as I gather my wits to feed carnivores and vegan all under one roof.
Happy Holidays dear Velva. Thanks for all the inspiration and satisfaction you bring to us.

julie said...

How interesting! I would have never thought to enjoy cauliflower like a steak. That looks absolutely divine!

Intuitive Eggplant said...

I've roasted cauliflower before, but not in thick steak-like slices. Isn't roasting a wonderful thing? And that olive relish and tomato sauce - sounds delicious. Thanks for another year of friendship and culinary inspiration, Velva. Happy holidays!

Abbey said...

I love a roasted cauliflower however you slice it, and this sounds amazing! It's such an underrated veg.

Julie said...

I have a hard time warming up to cauliflower, but I think I could learn to love it this way. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas weekend :)

Farmchick said...

Never really thought of cooking cauliflower like that, but it does look good!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I'm with you - there are some amazing things one can do with vegetables! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

tasteofbeirut said...

I love cauliflower but have so far resisted cooking it in other ways besides the traditional lebanese way I am used to; here I am going to because i am so intrigued by the addition of olives and tomatoes and the touch of garlic. It sounds fantastic to eat it as one would a steak~ Happy holidays!

That Girl said...

This is a really interesting way to serve cauliflower.

Jessica's Dinner Party said...

Cauliflower steaks!! What a great idea for meatless mondays!

Pam said...

Interesting! It sounds delicious and I'll have to try it.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

I would have never believed it was cauliflower unless you said so. What a lovely presentation too.

Merry Christmas to you and your family Velva.

Penny said...

I love this idea! Will have to try it. Merry Christmas Velva.

Katerina said...

I love yoour vegetarian steaks Velva! Merry Christmas to you full of love and joy!

Angie's Recipes said...

I have never known that cauliflowers could have been cut this way....I love the idea!
Merry Christmas!

Federica said...

ciao!grazie della visita!!!ricambio con piacere e ti auguro Buone Feste!!!ciaooooooooooo!

Rachel Cotterill said...

That sounds absolutely yummy :)

Heather @ said...

I'm a big fan of cauliflower steaks...and these flavors must compliment it so well. Sounds and looks fabulous :)

vianney-sweet life said...

What a great idea!! I would love add this to my lenten season menu, yummy!! Great blog.. happy you stopped by so I could meet another great food lover!

christine said...

I love roasted cauliflower, and broccoli:)

I'm Rachel Cotterill's mum and read your comment on the gluten free cakes and cookies we baked - I sympathise with your daughter-in-law, it's not an easy transition to gluten free baking! There are one or two recipes she might like to try on my blog

Anonymous said...

I saw that recipe in Bon Appetite and wondered what the sliced cauliflower would look like! Nice post!

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