Cauliflower is a vegetable that is naturally high in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. We sometimes think of it as a humble veggie but I think it's amazingly versatile and quick and easy to cook. It can be eaten raw, freshly steamed, sautéed and roasted as well as blended into creamy soups and sauces without the addition of nuts or dairy.
In my family it's mostly served freshly steamed, blended into a rich puree or soup with the addition of cream and a little sherry that gives the soup a sweet touch! Mom also blanched a whole cauliflower head and then roasted it in the oven with lots of cheese and fresh parsley or chives that made it more tempting to me and my brothers when we were kids.
In winter time I often make the family soup recipe but now that summer is here I love to make roasted cauliflower steaks with a spicy topping or my mother's oven roasted cauliflower that I separate into rosettes, blanch and then roast with parmesan cheese, fresh parsley and crushed red chili pepper or other seasoning and herbs of choice. ( See recipe: Tasty & Healthy Roasted Cauliflower!)
Cauliflower Steaks with Spicy Pepper Salsa!
Ingredients for 2 – 4 servings
2 large slices of Cauliflower (from Cauliflower’s middle)
1 - 2 tblsp olive oil
2 tblsp soft light brown sugar
1 red Florina or Bell pepper, finely diced
1 green Bell pepper, finely diced
1 – 2 scallions finely sliced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped (optional)
4 pickled red chili peppers finely sliced
1 heaped tblsp grated ginger
1 heaped tsp lemon zest
Olive oil, to taste
Salt and freshly ground mixed pepper, to taste
Fresh thyme or parsley, to taste
Garnish: Toasted Almond flakes (optional)
Heat oven to 200 C. Slice the cauliflower into about 2 ½ cm (I inch) steaks, using the middle part as its’ larger. Save the rest for another time or use.
Place cauliflower steaks into a large oven proof skillet or other ovenproof dish and drizzle or brush with olive oil. Add a little water to skillet and sprinkle cauliflower steaks with soft light brown sugar. Roast in oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until cooked through.
While cauliflower is cooking, make the pepper salsa. Place diced peppers, scallions, garlic (if using), pickled red chilies, ginger and lemon zest into a bowl and mix. Drizzle with a wee bit of olive oil and mix. Season to taste with ground salt and mixed pepper corns.
When cauliflower steaks are cooked, spoon over the salsa and garnish with fresh thyme or if you prefer toasted almond flakes.
If you are diabetic or don't want to use sugar in the recipe, just omit the brown sugar.
Recently, working on a food project for smoked fish I unlocked the flavors of this cauliflower dish with delish smoked fish . . . Sea Bream or Sea Bass as seen in photo below! It was truly delicious and if you like smoked fish . . . I truly recommend it!
©KaritasM – May 2021