Cauliflower Steaks – Vegan Style

In a perfect world I would be Vegan.  In my own kitchen, I get sort of close.  Sometimes.

Cauliflower Steaks Roasted To Perfection

Adzuki Bean Quinoa

Hubby-Chocolate Cake

My Healthy Twist On Hubby-Chocolate Cake

I’ve slowly transitioned to a mostly Vegan diet over the past few years.  However, I am an American, living in America.  I have yet to master eating Vegan when I leave my own kitchen.

As far as a Vegan diet is concerned, restaurants are bad and kid-activities are the worst.

So.  I am Vegan when I can be, and Vegetarian when that works.  However, when faced with the choice of meat or dairy, I’ll choose fish over a cheese dish any day.

So what is the difference between Vegetarian, Ovo Vegetarian, Lacto Vegetarian, Vegan, anyway?  10 years ago I didn’t know the difference.

 

Here’s a quick run-down on Vegetarian & Vegan:

Vegetarians don’t eat flesh.  This includes Chicken and Fish.  More than once, someone has said to me, “I’m vegetarian.  I only eat chicken.”  Ummm.  That’s not vegetarian.   Vegetarians generally eat food made from animal parts like broth and stock but not animal flesh.

Ovo Vegetarians eat eggs (“ovo” refers to egg).  Generally speaking, someone who identifies with Ovo Vegetarian probably does not consume dairy.

Lacto Vegetarians consume dairy (“lacto” refers to milk).  Lacto Vegetarians probably don’t eat eggs.

Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian is usually the menu option at restaurants:  Cheese, Milk, Eggs.

Vegan is no flesh, no eggs, no dairy, and no animal products like bone-based stock/broth or bone marrow-based gelatin.

In my own kitchen, I cook up Vegan dishes when time and energy allows.  However, I still cook for THREE meat eaters in my home.

Good thing I have a six-burner range! 

 

Actually, I have a selfish reason for posting this Cauliflower Steak recipe.

The other day I had a head of Cauliflower and not much else.  I remembered making this dish a long time ago, and it got rave reviews at the dinner table that night.  So I started scrounging around looking for the recipe and I couldn’t find it ANYWHERE!  As I continued to look, the basics started coming back to me, and I finally decided to call off the search and wing it on my own.  My version turned out better than the original recipe.

So here we are.  A few days later.  Now I will not be scrounging around looking for a recipe.  Ever. Again.

If I have a recipe in front of me, I follow the measurements to the letter.  When I’m left to my own devices, I eye-ball everything.  Therefore, you will get the eye-ball version here.

I will say that it’s kind of hard to mess this one up, so no worries if you put a little more or less of something in.

Ingredients:

1 head of Cauliflower

~1 1/2 Cup Panko Crumbs

~1/2 TBSP Kosher Salt

Fresh-Ground Pepper (don’t cheat your family on the pre-ground stuff!) heh.

~1 TBSP Italian Seasoning

~1 tsp Garlic Powder

Olive Oil

Directions:

Preheat oven to Roast 350 degrees.

I cooked this dish in the Breville Convection Oven.  Most days I would trade 2 Wolves for a Breville.  This oven is handy dandy.  Love.

 

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Slice the Cauliflower.  Place sliced Cauliflower on a baking sheet.  Brush a little olive oil over the Cauliflower on both sides. Salt and Pepper to taste.

Put Cauliflower Steaks in the oven to roast.  After about 15 minutes, turn the Cauliflower Steaks over, and roast for another 10 minutes or until the Cauliflower Steaks are tender.

Sliced Cauliflower Steaks

Lots of pieces will fall away.  Set those aside.

Loosely Chopped Cauliflower Pieces Into The Food Processor

Mix Panko Crumbs, Italian Seasoning, Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder.  Taste the crumbs.  This is what the topping will taste like.  If you think it needs more of something, this is a good time to add it.

Panko Crumbs and Seasonings

Oooops!  Don’t forget the Pepp-eh!

...Fresh Ground. Of Course.

While the Cauliflower Steaks are roasting, grind/chop Cauliflower pieces in the food processor until the pieces are in small chunks.

Consistency Of Cauliflower Pieces

Mix the Panko Crumbs mixture and the ground up Cauliflower pieces together until they are mixed well.  There should be about a 50/50 ratio Panko Crumbs/Cauliflower chunks.

When the Cauliflower Steaks are fork-tender, take them out, and spread the Panko Crumb mixture on top of the Cauliflower Steaks.

Change the oven setting to low broil.  Put the Cauliflower Steaks back in the oven until the topping is golden brown.  I usually stand over the oven during this part.  I’ve ruined many-a-dish by walking away.  The browning takes all of about 90 seconds.  On this dish, if the crumb topping burns, the dish is hard to save because it’s so crumbly.  I highly recommend standing over it.  I learned this the hard way.

To Recap:

Cauliflower Steaks Roasted To Perfection

I served this with Adzuki Bean Quinoa.  I’ll save that recipe for another day.  It’s DE-lish!

 

Adzuki Bean Quinoa

For dessert, we had Hubby-Chocolate Cake.

My Healthy Twist On Hubby-Chocolate Cake

 

And no, we do not have dessert with every meal.  This was one of those weird times when Hub had made cake and we happened to have fresh berries.

I guess I am the pickiest eater in my family.  My kids eat anything that’s not moving.  The Hub eats anything, preferably with soy sauce.  Although, he did love the Cauliflower Steaks and they didn’t have soy sauce on them.  Hmmmm.  Go figure.

Have you tried a new recipe lately?

I’d love to hear from you.

You can speak your peace below.

Comments

  1. Jan says:

    Just ordered the Breville Toaster/convection oven for my dad’s new apartment. Can’t wait to use it! and I LOVE Cauliflower. I will be trying the recipe soon, heck! I’ve got a head of it in the fridge. Maybe I’ll try it tomorrow night, sans Breville.

    • Denise says:

      Hello Jan, Did you try out the Breville yet? You’ll be ordering one for yourself next! ;-)
      What did you do with that Cauliflower in your fridge? Did you make Cauliflower Steaks?
      Thank you for reading my blog. I’m glad you’re here! :-)

      • Janice Liao Shiao says:

        The Cauliflower was YUM! George liked it, and he’s not much of a “non-asian” flavors kind of guy. Waiting for my toaster to kick the bucket to splurge on the Breville for myself. Although I’m thinking of trying to make my own pasta…ever do that? Oh, can you post the recipe for the hubby cake, it looks really good!

        • Denise says:

          I have never made homemade pasta. I don’t eat a lot of pasta. When I do, I use the box stuff. Speaking of “box stuff”. I hate to disappoint! The Hubby Cake is BOX! Considering it was a box cake, The Hubby Cake was pretty good. It is the Duncan Hines Decadent.

          The Hub is a big believer in making things as simple as possible. This is the same guy who makes pancakes from a can! YIKES!

          Do let me know how the homemade pasta goes, and I’ll be hoping that toaster breaks soon. Our last toaster was on it’s last leg for about 4 years! And we used it every. single. day!

  2. Heather says:

    Wow Denise, who knew new a fellow “Southern” girl could cook something that wasn’t fried! HA, just kidding! I rarely ever fry anything anymore, but I’m still a carnivore, mostly a “Chick-a-tarian.” Chicken is my meat of choice most often since I’m not big on fish and beef is often too tough. Maybe you could send a mild tilapia recipe my way. I’ve eaten it a Olive Garden and liked it well enough.

    Anyway, just started reading your blog the other day. I’m really enjoying it! I’m an AllClad girl myself. I find the biggest problem with people who prefer non-stick to stainless is that they are accustomed to cooking at much higher temperatures, which is not required or recommended with AllClad. Your assessment of cleanup is right on par with what I recommend. Bar Keepers is always under my sink ready to go when needed, although not that often.

    Until next time…have a great evening!

    • Denise says:

      Hey Heather,
      I don’t have a tilapia “recipe”, but I will put it on the menu soon. I’ll report the good, bad and ugly–stay tuned for that!

      Ha! I never heard of Chickatarians. I guess I should add that to my list. Learn something new every day! ;-)

      Thank you for reading my blog. I’m glad you’re here. :-)

  3. Sarah says:

    That looks delicious! Making it this week! Thanks so much for the recipe. Do you have the recipe for the Quinoa? We eat a lot around here and I am always looking to mix it up! Great blog BTW!

    • Denise says:

      I’ll be posting about Quinoa real soon. It’s on my list ;-) I’ll probably be making Quinoa next week. You’ll hear all about it here: the good, bad and ugly. It’s like a box of chocolates when I step up to the stove! ha!

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