Not sure what to do with that head of cauliflower you brought home from the grocery store? Use the whole thing up by making a couple of cauliflower “steaks” with a side of mashed cauliflower “potatoes”!
Does it taste like the real thing? No, not really, but it’s always fun to try new ways of cooking common ingredients. Vegans can do a lot of things with cauliflowers. Plus they’re low-carb
- 1 head cauliflower
- soy sauce
- liquid smoke
- salt and white pepper
- chili powder
- Cut a cauliflower in half from north to south. Cut a thick slab from the center of each cauliflower half (parallel to the original cut), leaving the stalk intact, to get two cauliflower "steaks".
- Mix above ingredients and marinate steaks in a sealed container for 20 minutes.
- Drizzle coconut oil on a pan and roast steaks in a hot oven or toaster oven until cooked, approx 10-15 minutes, flipping halfway through.
I used the rest of the cauliflower head to make a mash. The texture really does turn out surprisingly like mashed potatoes. You could also make cauliflower rice if that was more your thing, but I think the mash goes well with the “steaks” here.
For the mashed cauliflower, I cut the rest of the head into small florets (make sure there aren’t many stems) and steamed in a pot with a small amount of veggie broth, which adds a nice extra dimension of flavour. Once the florets were very soft (easy to poke with a fork or knife), I mashed them in a large mixing bowl with a potato masher and added in some vegan butter, salt and white pepper to taste. I like to keep it simple but you could add any herbs or spices you like here, or a big bunch of roasted garlic.
The king oyster mushrooms are a recipe of Mr. Spoon’s to which I added some miso. Melt some vegan butter in a small pot or saucepan with some white miso paste and a teaspoon (or more) or garlic. Cook until the garlic is fragrant and slightly golden-brown. Add the mushrooms which have been cut in half and scored through the flesh and cook another 2-3 minutes. Serve by drizzling the extra miso butter on top.
Of course this plate is looking pretty white – a nice hit of green beans or spinach would also do well here. I just happened to cook with what I had on hand for this meal.
Try cauliflower steaks and mash for yourself and let me know what you think. I thought everything on this plate turned out really delicious so I wanted to share. Do you ever just love having a big pile of mushrooms as a side dish too? Let me know in the comments