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Vegan Cauliflower Steaks With Chimichurri Sauce

Vegan Cauliflower Steaks With Chimichurri Sauce

Pan-seared cauliflower steaks are served with an incredibly flavorful and herbaceous chimichurri sauce.

Serves: 2
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With origins in Argentina, this mouth-watering chimichurri sauce adds a complex mix of heat, tang, and herby flavors to this recipe from online cooking school Rouxbe. Make extra sauce for adding to wraps, pouring over tofu scrambles, or tossing into rice dishes. 

What you need:

For the chimichurri sauce: 
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup warm water
1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup roasted red pepper, small diced
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 tablespoon dry oregano
1½ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground in mortar and pestle
¼ cup white vinegar
1 tbablespoon red wine vinegar
½ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, finely chopped

For the steaks: 
2 cups vegetable stock
½ cup vermouth
2 bay leaves
2 slices fresh lemon
½ teaspoon salt
1 head cauliflower, leaves and stem trimmed
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 roasted red pepper, cut into strips, for garnish

What you do:

  1. For the chimichurri, in a medium-sized bowl, whisk salt and warm water together to dissolve; set aside. Once salt is dissolved, add in remaining ingredients and gently whisk. Set aside, or store in the refrigerator if making in advance.
  2. For the cauliflower, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. With cauliflower sitting on its stem, cut in half through middle. Trim outer edge of each half to form a thick steak-like piece of cauliflower. Each piece should be approximately 1½-inch thick.
  3. In a baking dish, mix together garlic, stock, vermouth, bay leaves, lemon, and salt. Place cauliflower into marinade and cover tightly with foil. Carefully transfer to oven and bake for approximately 30 to 45 minutes, or until cauliflower is tender. 
  4. Carefully remove foil from baking dish. Remove ‘steaks’ from liquid and place onto a plate lined with paper towels. Blot top of cauliflower with paper towel. 
  5. In a large frying pan over medium heat, warm oil. Add cauliflower and let cook for about 4 to 6 minutes, or until golden brown on each side. Handle gently so cauliflower doesn’t fall apart. Remove from pan and transfer to serving plates.
  6. In a small bowl, toss red pepper strips with 4 tablespoons prepared chimichurri sauce, and place a few strips on top of each piece of cauliflower. Serve with additional chimichurri as desired.

Photo credit: Rouxbe

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