Monday, 4 November 2013

Cauliflower Steak

Here we are again. Although it's actually one of the only vegetables that's 'in season' very nearly all year around, (every month except for June) cauliflower feels so wintery, and sadly, Winter is impending. (Winter is here, I just refuse to admit it while there's any trace of a sun.) 

For my 'Meatless Monday', I'm having steak. Cauliflower steak, that is. It sounds a lot more complicated than it is and it is a lot tastier than it sounds. 

It's also totally cheap so go for a cauliflower steak this week and save the cash from that rib-eye you were going to devour. (Cauliflower steak and eggs for two?  - Approximately £1.10.) If you carnivores aren't capable of a totally meatless 'Meatless Monday', at least skip the steak and eggs for breakfast and go for, yes, you guessed it, cauliflower steak and eggs, if you're opting for the all out - 24 hour phase of vegetarianism, there's nothing better than breakfast for dinner! 

And if you're wondering what those green things are in the picture, you're in for a treat. That's cauliflower too, just the part you usually throw away, but I'll have you know, it's worth keeping, and eating. 













SERVES 2-4

YOU WILL NEED:
1 WHOLE CAULIFLOWER, OUTER GREENS STILL ATTACHED 
OLIVE OIL
SEA SALT AND PEPPER 
PAPRIKA
UMAMI DUST (OPTIONAL BUT A PLUS)

Pre-heat the oven 200 C or 400 F.

Remove the greens from the outside of the vegetable and rinse and dry them. 

Rinse the outside of the cauliflower and thoroughly dry. 

Cut the bottom of the cauliflower off so it's flat. 

Turn the cauliflower on its side and cut into 2-3 steaks (approximately an inch thick). 

Drizzle the steaks and extra fallen pieces with olive oil, salt and pepper, a pinch of paprika and umami dust. Make sure both sides are seasoned. 

Season the greens the same way and transfer to a baking tray.

In a flat pan heat, a tablespoon of olive oil and brown the steaks. (Around 4 minutes on each side)

Transfer steaks to a baking tray lined with parchment paper. 

Bake steaks and greens for approximately 20 minutes or until fully cooked on the inside. (Test this on a smaller extra fallen piece).

Enjoy with eggs, or as a side along with the greens! 

<3 Emanuelle 


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