by Diane Rossen Worthington

Cauliflower 'Steak' with Olive Pistou Recipe
Best Cauliflower 'Steak' with Olive Pistou Recipe

Crisp yet tender cauliflower "steaks" served with a surprisingly refreshing pistou, made with green olives, orange segments, golden raisins and extra virgin olive oil.

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Cauliflower 'Steak' with Olive Pistou Recipe

    Prep Time: 30 minutes

    Cook time: 50 minutes

    Yield: Serves 2

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Cauliflower 'Steak' with Olive Pistou Recipe Ingredients

    For the cauliflower:

    1 head cauliflower, leaves and stem trimmed (see Note)

    4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

    1 lemon, juiced

    2 1/2 cups vegetable stock

    1/2 cup dry white wine

    2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

    2 bay leaves

    1/2 tsp sea salt (or to taste, depending on the saltiness of your stock)

    For the pistou:

    2 oranges, peeled, segmented and roughly chopped

    1 lemon, juiced

    1/3 cup green olives (such as Mazanilla or Picholine), pitted and coarsely chopped

    1 garlic clove, minced

    1 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped

    2 tbsp golden raisins

    1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

    Sea salt, to taste

    Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

    To finish the dish:

    2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Cauliflower 'Steak' with Olive Pistou Recipe Steps

    To bake the cauliflower, first preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C).

    NOTE: Do NOT core the cauliflower. The stem is needed to keep the "steaks" intact.

    With the cauliflower sitting on its stem, cut in half through the middle. Trim the outer edge of each half to form a thick, steak-like piece of cauliflower. Each piece should be approximately 1 1/2 inch thick.

    In a 9x11 baking dish, mix together the garlic, lemon juice, stock, white wine, olive oil, bay leaves and salt. The amount of salt will depend on how salty your stock is. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary.

    Place the cauliflower into the liquid and cover tightly with foil. Carefully transfer to the oven and let bake for approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Ultimately, the time will depend on how thick the "steaks" are and your oven.

    Test the "steaks" periodically. When a knife goes in somewhat easily, the cauliflower is done. Note: The cauliflower should be cooked through, but still a bit firm. If it's too soft, it will fall apart during frying.

    Meanwhile, prepare the pistou. Combine the oranges, lemon juice, olives, garlic, parsley, raisins and olive oil. Gently toss to combine and taste for seasoning. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    To finish the dish, remove the cauliflower from the oven and carefully remove the foil, making sure you don't burn yourself from the steam.

    At this point, remove the "steaks" from the liquid and place onto a plate lined with paper towel. Blot the top of cauliflower with paper towel as well. This step helps to ensure you get a nice golden crust.

    Next, heat a large fry pan, or cast iron skillet, over medium heat. Once hot, add the oil, followed by the cauliflower. Let the cauliflower cook for about 4 to 6 minutes, or until golden brown on each side. Try not to fiddle with the pieces too much, otherwise the "steaks" will start to fall apart.

    Once done, transfer "steaks" to a serving plate and top with half of the pistou. If desired, drizzle some of the pistou juice around the plate and finish with freshly ground black pepper, if desired.

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