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Roasted cauliflower steaks with parsley chimichurri

Roasted cauliflower steaks with parsley chimichurri

  • 2

    Serving

  • Prep Time

    Prep Time 10'

  • Total Time

    Total Time 20′

  • Easy

    Easy

  • Plant-based

    Plant-based

  • 2

    Serving

  • Prep Time

    Prep Time 10'

    PT10M
  • Total Time

    Total Time 20'

    PT20M
  • Easy

    Easy

  • Plant-based

    Plant-based

Vegan

Satisfying, flavourful, low in calories and high in fibre: what more could you ask from a dish? Well, when it comes to our recipe, it turns out you could ask a lot more. Our roasted cauliflower steaks emerge from the oven golden and crispy, seasoned to perfection and ready to be drizzled with a classic South American sauce.

Cauliflower steaks

The cauliflower steak has been the subject of some controversy over the years. When it became popular a few years back, a few enterprising restaurants and shops decided to capitalise on the trend, selling ‘gourmet’ cauliflower steaks for extortionate prices.

One memorable moment involved a British pub which was offering two cauliflower steaks for £28, the same price as their Aberdeen Angus steaks.(1)

Needless to say, vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike flocked to social media to mock the odd menu choice, and it was swiftly removed.

So, yes: the cauliflower steak has seen its fair share of scandal over the years. However, it’s almost always a reaction to extortionate pricing; in fact, one of the best things about this dish is that it is incredibly cheap to make.

Perhaps the pub in question had momentarily forgotten that a standard cauliflower from the supermarket will set you back around 80p; an organic cauliflower comes in at between £1.50 and £2.

To us, this is just another reason to make this delicious dish at home!

 

cauliflower steaks ingredients

Flavours and seasoning

Cauliflower acts as a great big sponge for flavour. This is why it’s so good as a main dish; you can flavour it with just about anything and it’ll soak right through to the core of the vegetable.

We love making whole roasted cauliflower with Persian spices, or slathering it in an aromatic Indian spice paste.

Here, we’ve gone for rather simpler flavours, handing the bulk of the work over to our chimichurri sauce. When it comes to the cauliflower steaks themselves, however, seasoning is key.

We love the smoky sweetness of paprika, which complements chimichurri perfectly. After all, in Argentina chimichurri is the traditional accompaniment to grilled meats, sizzled until charred on the parilla. It is quite literally made to pair with smokiness.

Meanwhile, tamari sauce provides savoury depth. You could substitute soy sauce in, if you’re OK with gluten.

 

hemp seed oil

Chimichurri

As mentioned above, chimichurri comes from Argentina. It’s also commonly found in the cuisines of Paraguay and Uruguay.

In Argentina, the asado is a big part of the culture. Simply translated, it means ‘barbecue’, but it has rather more cultural resonance than our version (and less time spent hiding indoors from unexpected rain).

An asado is usually held as a celebration, and usually showcases lots of different types of meat. Argentinian beef is famous for its quality, and very little else is needed with the meal beyond some good red wine, salad and a little chimichurri to go alongside.

While not all of us are open to the meat element of the asado, we can still enjoy the flavours of chimichurri.

We’ve followed quite a traditional recipe here, apart from the hemp seed oil, which we think is a worthy addition!

Chimichurri is even better if you are able to leave the flavours to infuse. The twenty minutes during which the cauliflower is in the oven will suffice, but if you are able to start a bit earlier and leave it longer, so much the better.

Hemp seed oil

While hemp seed oil isn’t a traditional ingredient in chimichurri, we think there’s good reason to add it.

Our Organic Hemp Seed Oil contains health-boosting nutrients which can be tricky to find elsewhere in the plant world. For example, it’s a source of dietary vitamin D, making it a good alternative to the usual vegan source of mushrooms.

It also contains omega-3 and omega-6, and even better, they’re present in the perfect ratio of 1:3. Omega-3 plays an important role in your nervous system, blood pressure and inflammatory response.(2) It also seems to protect your heart health.(3)

It has a pleasant, nutty flavour which brings its own charm to our cauliflower steaks, along with its numerous health benefits.

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For the cauliflower steaks: ½ cauliflower 1 tbsp olive oil ¼ tsp smoked paprika ½ tsp sweet paprika 2-3 tbsp tamari sauce For the chimichurri: ½ cup roughly chopped parsley 1-2 garlic cloves, chopped Big pinch of sea salt ¼ tsp white pepper 2 tbsp Erbology Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 tbsp finely chopped spring onion Squeeze of lemon juice 2 tbsp Erbology Organic Hemp Seed Oil, plus a little extra to finish

For the cauliflower steaks:

  • ½ cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp sweet paprika
  • 2-3 tbsp tamari sauce

For the chimichurri:

Typical nutrition / serving

  • Serving size: 150g in total
  • Energy (calories): 270 kcal
  • Protein: 2.5g
  • Fat: 27g
  • Carbohydrates: 8g

Here's how you make it

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. (400°F)
  2. Cut two 1.5cm thick steaks from the cauliflower. Place cauliflower steaks on a rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle over smoked paprika, sweet paprika and tamari sauce. Coat well using a pastry brush.
  4. Bake for 15-20 mins. After the first 7-8 minutes, gently flip the cauliflower steaks and roast until a golden brown crust forms on both sides.
  5. To make the chimichurri sauce, mix together chopped parsley, salt, garlic and white pepper in the bowl of a mortar and pestle. Pound the mixture firmly, mixing well until the ingredients are well combined.
  6. Add 2 tbsp of Erbology Extra Virgin Olive Oil and 2 tbsp of Erbology Organic Hemp Seed Oil and mix again. Add the chopped spring onion.
  7. Plate the roasted cauliflower steaks and drizzle with the parsley chimichurri. Add a splash of hemp seed oil and enjoy!

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