Cauliflower Steaks Recipes
Cauliflower is a vegetable that is so versatile and easily manipulated, it is like a sponge for flavor absorption and has so many varieties of cooking methods. As vegans, we want to find the most inventive ways to elevate a humble vegetable to make it the most delicious it could possibly be. It Is important to highlight the vegetable as itself and that it can stand alone and be equally as delicious as a steak or “main meal.’” Cauliflower has been made into rice, “chicken” nuggets, and now steak too! Cauliflower steaks recipes are simple and easy to follow and let me tell you the work is so worth the end product!
Roasted Cauliflower Steaks
Ok so in order to make the most delicious version of a cauliflower steak we need to go through all the processes first.
How to cut cauliflower steaks?
The first step in beginning your cauliflower steak journey in cutting the actual cauliflower. Bear in mind that cauliflower is quite a delicate vegetable and we don’t want any of the individual florets breaking off. You basically want to cut it straight down the middle and then cut individual steak size pieces by continuing to cut medium thickness slices from the center outwards so you have a big and flat platform to work with. Make sure that you cut off all the green leaves on the outside but keep the core whole.
Spicing it up!
A very crucial part of creating the best cauliflower steak recipe is the spices you choose to add, which will give it that steaky flavor and aroma we are searching for. Now you don’t need many ingredients for this but rather just the right ingredients. Garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and salt is just enough to enhance a smokey flavor from the cauliflower.
Cauliflower steak recipe
So now is the process of assembling your steaks before the cooking process begins, there are various cooking methods which we will get into shortly but first, you need to bring the flavor! Cover the cauliflower which you have cut in olive oil and then add your seasoning, this will ensure everything sticks to the cauliflower during the cooking process. And don’t forget your salt!
How to cook cauliflower steaks?
There are a few cooking methods, one is by roasting cauliflower steaks. So how to roast cauliflower steaks you may be wondering? Well its actually fairly simple, it’s done in the oven and all you need to do is place the spiced and oiled pieces of cauliflower on a baking tray, placing it in the oven that should be preheated at a temperature of about 200 degrees for 15 minutes and then turn them over and continue cooking for an additional 15 minutes until they are perfectly golden. There are many varieties of roasted cauliflower steak recipes and they can be easily adapted for the exact texture you trying to achieve.
Another recipe cauliflower steaks can be cooked by is grilling. A grilled cauliflower steak recipe means they are cooked over a grill, also known as a barbecue. This is one of the greatest ways to achieve a really Smokey and meaty flavor if you going for this as your main dish. Again taking your pre-oiled and spiced steaks and applying them to a very hot grill for about 6 minutes on each side will create a char on the cauliflower. The grill should be covered during the cooking process in order to trap all the smoke and flavor into the cauliflower. However, another cooking method includes the simple pan-frying and it works just as well, and covering the pan for a few minutes on each side really helps to ensure the steaks are cooked all the way through.
One of the best parts about making cauliflower steaks is that the opportunities in how to pair them are endless. Some people enjoy eating them as a side with a sprinkle of lemon juice, others enjoy them as a main meal by pairing them with a gravy or sauce of some kind which might I add really elevates the dish. The most common pairings with cauliflower steaks are gravy and basil based pesto’s. A delicious and creamy mushroom sauce or a classic peppercorn are great accompaniments to cauliflower steaks and really make you feel like you’re eating the real deal.
So as you can see there are so many ways cauliflower can be made, packed full of flavor and nutrients, of course, this healthy vegetable can be easily elevated right above the rest.
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