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Cauliflower Steaks
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Recipe by Debi Pedersen

"I'd seen several recipes for making cauliflower steaks and was intrigued. So, I had to give it a try. They are wonderfully easy and delicious." —Debi Pedersen

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Remove the outer green stalks and trim the stem of a small cauliflower to about one inch below the main head. Cut the cauliflower in one-inch thick slabs. You should get two slabs. With the side pieces that don't hold together in a slab, flatten two opposite sides of each piece, so they will lay flat in a pan. 

3.  Heat two
 tablespoons olive oil in a large, ovenproof fry pan. Place the cut sides of cauliflower pieces in hot pan. Brush tops with additional olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Fry until golden, about four minutes. Turn pieces and fry the second side until golden.

4.  Top with a few sprigs of fresh thyme, or other herb, and a couple of sliced cloves of garlic.

5.  Place the pan in a 350-degree oven for 1015 minutes or until cauliflower stem is tender.
 

Serve immediately.

Serves: Two

Optional ideas (thanks friends!):

  • Top with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, tahini dressing and/or toasted pine nuts or almonds.
  • Make into a salad by cutting cauliflower into pieces, and top with diced or wedged tomatoes, butter lettuce and sliced onions. Dress with your favorite vinaigrette.
If using a very large cauliflower, it will make more slabs and serve more people!

Debi Pedersen enjoys using her cooking experience to help you include meatless recipes in your meal plans. She knows the tastes you're looking for and how to make meatless cooking appealing, nutritous and easy. With a Master's degree in home economics, Debi's done many things — from catering events, large and small, to teaching vegetarian cooking classes. As an author of two meatless cookbooks, she loves changing meat dishes into meatless versions as well as creating new recipes. Debi also serves as trust officer for the Northern California Conference Planned Giving & Trust Services/Property & Risk Management Department. In addition to cooking and baking, in her spare time Debi appears on Lifestyle Magazine on Trinity Broadcasting Network, sews and travels with her husband, Pastor Jim Pedersen. For more nutrition tips and recipes from Debi, visit her website.