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Spice-Crusted Cauliflower

Who knew cauliflower could look and taste this good?

May 10th, 2017

From: The First Mess Cookbook: Vibrant Plant-Based Recipes to Eat Well Through the Seasons , by Laura Wright, published by Penguin Random House Canada

Cauliflower "steak" recipes took over the internet a couple of years ago. They look so beautiful sliced down the middle (almost like trees),  and like any vegetable from the brassica family, cauliflower tastes incredible with some char on the edges, so the "steak" frenzy made so much sense.
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) ra walnut halves
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) minced fresh thyme leaves (about 2 sprigs)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).

  2. Make the walnut sauce: In a large, ovenproof skillet, toast the walnuts over medium heat until fragrant and slightly darkened, about 5 minutes. Transfer the walnuts to a blender. Return the skillet to the stove. Heat 1 teaspoon (5 mL) of the olive oil. Add the onions and garlic. Sauté until the edges of the onion are just starting to soften, about 2 minutes. Scrape the onions and garlic into the blender.

  3. Add the almond milk, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to the blender, and whiz the mixture on high until you have a smooth and creamy sauce. Keep the sauce warm while you prepare the cauliflower.

  4. Make the spice-crusted cauliflower: Cut two 1-inch-thick (2.5 cm) “steaks” from the center of the cauliflower.You should have a nice cross-section of the vegetable that holds together. Moisten the steaks lightly with water and season with paprika, thyme, salt, and pepper on both sides.

  5. Heat the remaining olive oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Carefully add the cauliflower steaks, and sear until evenly browned on one side, about 3 minutes. Flip the cauliflower over and transfer the skillet to the oven.

  6. Cook the cauliflower in the oven until the center core or stem section is tender when pierced with a knife, about 20 minutes.

  7. Serve the cauliflower steaks hot with the Walnut Sauce

Spice-Crusted Cauliflower
Copyright © 2017 Laura Wright

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