Recipe courtesy of Patrick Decker

Cauliflower Steaks with Beans and Tomatoes

Getting reviews...
I'll be the first to admit that cauliflower isn't taking home first place for sexiest vegetable in your cart. It's stark white, oddly bulbous and belongs to a family of vegetables classified as cruciferous. Woof. But, hidden inside those dense ivory florets is a ton of flavor with a gilding of abundant vitamins and minerals. So go ahead, embrace the cauliflower. Put a little lipstick on it and try serving cauliflower steaks (now that sounds sexy). When I say "steak", what we're going for here is a cross-section slice taken from the center of the vegetable. Since cutting through the core along with some florets is key to keeping the steak intact, you're only going to get about four of them out of a large head of cauliflower. The florets that fall away are still perfectly good for whatever other cauliflower preparations you may dream up, so hang onto those for later use. I find it most effective to cut any green leaves away from the bottom and put the vegetable on the cutting board stem side up. Now that you can see where the center actually is, it'll be much easier to slice through it, ensuring you get a nice core sample to keep each steak intact. The great thing about this meal is that it's a surprisingly hearty, you'd-never-know-it's-vegan dish. Sure you could throw some chicken or a piece of beef on the plate, but I know you've been meaning for some time now to kick the tires on one meatless meal a week. Well, today just might be your day.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Share This Recipe

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Trim any green leaves from the cauliflower and invert it on a cutting board. Slicing through the core, cut four steaks about 1/2-inch thick from the center of the vegetable. Reserve any florets that fall away for later use. 
  3. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Working in batches as needed, cook the steaks until well caramelized, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the browned steaks to a baking sheet and continue browning the remaining batches, adding a tablespoon of olive oil to the pan with each new batch. Bake the cauliflower steaks in the oven until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and reserve. 
  4. While the cauliflower steaks are baking, in a large mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients for the beans and tomatoes, seasoning as needed with salt and pepper. Reserve. 
  5. Serve the cauliflower steaks warm or at room temperature with the beans and tomatoes.

Fudge Factor

Chocolate Desserts

Indulge in our decadent chocolate desserts, from cookies and cakes to puddings, souffles and truffles.

How-To: Chocolate Cream Puffs

Make this classic and elegant French dessert using our step-by-step guide.

Valentine's Day Four-Ingredient Dessert Feb 12, 2013

By: Cameron Curtis

The best part of this Valentine's Day dessert? It requires only four ingredients: chocolate, butter, eggs and sugar.

Review: Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert's Chocolate Bar Nov 16, 2012

Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert have teamed up with master chocolatier Christopher Curtin to create the "Good & Evil" chocolate b …

Over-the-Top-Delicious Treats to Satisfy Your Food Obsession

Are you infatuated with ice cream? Do you lust over lobster? Swoon at the sight of chocolate? Here's the best recipe for each food …

Essentials: Chocolate Basics Sep 1, 2016

Satisfy that chocolate craving in your very own kitchen. All you need is baking chocolate and a little know-how. It also helps to …

Nostalgic, Old-Fashioned and Retro Candy and Candy Bars

Take a sweet trip down memory lane by ogling these old-school candy bars and confections.

How to Make Nutella

Nuts for Nutella? Make your own chocolate-hazelnut spread with just a few everyday ingredients.

Sifted: Plan-Ahead Valentine's Day Desserts Feb 6, 2013

By: Lauren Miyashiro

Get our take on the best in food news, recipes and more from around the web, including the best Valentine's Day recipes.

How to Chop and Melt Chocolate

Lots of recipes call for melted chocolate. Follow these step-by-step instructions to do it properly.

Easy Gift Idea: Chocolate-Covered Toffee Feb 7, 2013

Looking for an easy gift idea? Cooking Channel's recipe for Chocolate-Covered Toffee is just the ticket. A touch of coffee in the …

The Craziest Chocolate Creations for American Chocolate Week Mar 17, 2013

It’s officially American Chocolate Week. Check out photos of mind-blowing chocolate creations.

Meatless Monday: Chocolate For Dinner Feb 13, 2012

By: Michelle Buffardi

Celebrate Meatless Monday and Valentine's Day (a day early) with Bobby Flay's Poached Eggs in Mole Sauce.