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Sunday
Jul082012

grilled cauliflower steaks with roasted red pepper sauce, polenta, and greens

I’ve had a gas range for over a year now.

Why is this the first time I’ve roasted a red pepper???

Ridiculous!

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It’s just too easy.

Too delicious.

And oh so pretty.

The only other thing I like this charred are marshmallows.

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Another first…grilled cauliflower!

This recipe idea came from our new favorite restaurant in town, Restaurant 415.  It’s a small but fun and flavorful menu.  They feature a diverse selection of tapas and a small but excellent list of entrees. 

If you were curious about the cauliflower steak, it’s simply a 1 inch slab of cauliflower cut from the whole head.  The kind of annoying thing is that you only get 2-3 “steaks” per head, but not to worry as you can grill up the loose cauliflower as well.

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Simply wrap the remaining cauliflower in foil and grill it up.  The texture ends up being a combination between grilled + steamed.  Either way you can’t go wrong. 

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As I move through each photo, I’m excited for every part of this meal.  First thinking the cauliflower was my favorite and then remembering the red pepper sauce that I was slurping up with a spoon.  But then, what about the creamy polenta which I have an undying love for!?!? 

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I don’t want to choose, and I don’t want you too either.

So just make it all at once.

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How have I not made polenta before?  It was…too easy.

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Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, Polenta, and Greens [serves 2-4]

Grilled Cauliflower

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1-2 Tbsp sunflower oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Preheat your grill to about 350 degrees.
  2. Wash the cauliflower and starting from the outside start slicing about 3/4-1” thick slabs down through the stem.  At first the florets will fall of the stem but once you get into the middle section you should get 2-3 full slabs.  If it falls apart on you, not to worry!  Make sure to cut any of the leafy greens off of the stem.
  3. Lightly coat the steaks with oil and season both sides with salt + pepper.
  4. For any of the cauliflower that fell apart, coat as specified above and then wrap tightly 1-2 sheets of foil.  Place the slabs and/or the foil pack on the grill for about 5 minutes.
  5. Flip once and cook for another 5 minutes.

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

  • 2 red peppers
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2-3 Tbsp diced tomatoes [opt]
  1. Over medium heat on a gas range place your washed + dried pepper on its side on the grate.
  2. Heat each pepper for about 3-5 minutes per side [about 4 sides] until charred.  Watch your pepper and stove very closely the entire time!  If you don’t have a gas burner, you can roast your peppers in the oven instead, but keeping the skins on.
  3. Let the peppers cool and then cut around the stem in a circular fashion and pull the top off with the stem and seeds.
  4. Remove other seeds in the pepper, trying to retain the juice inside.
  5. Place the peppers, oil, garlic, salt + pepper in a blender and blend until smooth.
  6. Taste + add more salt if needed.  If the mixture doesn’t smooth out blend in 1Tbsp at a time of diced tomatoes [canned or fresh] until smooth.
  7. Heat the sauce over med-low heat and bring to a light simmer until ready to serve.  Stir as needed.

Sautéed Greens

  • 1 large bunch of spinach/kale/collards/chard/etc.
  • 1/2 Tbsp butter
  1. Heat a pan to medium heat and once hot add the butter.
  2. Once melted, add in the greens [stems removed] and cook until wilted, stirring often.  About 4-7 minutes.
  3. Season with a small amount of salt + pepper after the dish is compiled if desired.

Creamy Polenta

  • 1 cup polenta grits
  • 3 – 3.5 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. In a medium sized pot, bring 3 cups of water to boil, add the salt, then add in the polenta and stir.
  2. Cover + reduce heat to simmer for 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed [check your package directions for a possible cook-time difference].  Add more water to smooth out if needed.
  3. Stir in the butter and serve immediately. 

notes:  Cook the polenta last so it’s creamy and ready to serve when everything is complete.  Spread the polenta, then add the spinach, then the cauliflower, and then smother everything in the red pepper sauce.  This meal is very easily made vegan by subbing a vegan spread in place of butter.

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I promise the cooking process isn’t as crazy as it looks.  At the very least, roast some red peppers and try making the sauce.  Or, just make + scarf down the grilled cauliflower.  Or, make a pot of creamy polenta and stuff yourself silly. 

Or, just make it all. 

Ashley

Reader Comments (23)

This is such a fabulous and unique meal! I can't wait to try it!
I've also never made (or tasted!) polenta, but I'm happy to hear that it's easy. I think it's about time I tried it. It's just one of those things that has never really been introduced to me in any way although I've been interested in it. So thanks for the intro!
I also think the roasted red pepper sauce looks beautiful and probably tastes pretty darn amazing.

Ashley--> I haven't had much experience with polenta myself but am in love with it. I adore all things corn.
July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHolly W
This looks beautiful! I always forget how easy it is to roast red peppers. I definitely need to do this more often.
July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
Hi there, I just found your blog today and it is so exciting to find a food blog that is completely vegetarian!! I'm your newest follower :) thank you!
July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin
Pretty sure you could make anything look absolutely delicious Ashley! This looks incredible! Fast easy recipe for hot hot days we've been having...
I've made mashed cauliflower and have become addicted, this just might be my new addiction!

Ashley--> You are extremely kind. Thank you.
I haven't tried polenta yet..hmm, thinking I need to pick it up at the store next time!
July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee
I've never made polenta before either...glad to know it's easy because it's definitely something I want to try!

Ashley--> Yesss, it's so easy and comforting!
July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait
Polenta is so good! I like to use it in place of pasta in spaghetti sometimes. I spread it in a cake pan with some olive oil and parmesan on top and bake it in the oven.
I would've never thought to grill cauliflower, what a great idea!
July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren T
This whole meal looks absolutely divine. Though the red pepper sauce in particular is screaming my name. I can't wait to try it out!

Ashley--> Yes, yes!! Try the sauce! Glad you like the looks of the meal!
July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn
Hi Ashley - I roast red peppers on the grill. It's just as easy as on a burner and works just as well, plus if you aren't already using your stove, no need to add heat to your kitchen when its hot!
I had cauliflower steak in a restaurant a few months ago and it was crazy good - I am excited to try this at home. Thanks!

Ashley--> How did it not even occur to me to grill them???? hahaa Thank you!
July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin
Perfect! I love cauliflower, but have somehow never bothered to try grilling gigantic steaks. Clearly, I need to get on that!
July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
i loooooooooove roasting peppers like that! open flame is always the best :)
July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Everything on that plate looks fantastical!! I LOVE roasting red peppers. It was the first thing I did when I moved into my apartment with a gas stove. Also, the grill marks on the cauliflower are beauteous! (I don't know why I'm using words like fantastical and beauteous, the appeal of this meal is making me say strange things....)

Ashley--> I love the words you used!!
hilarious--my friend and i were JUST talking about cauliflower steaks and how we wanted to try them! I'm loving the sound of this whole meal!

Ashley--> You must try them!! A new love for me!
July 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternatalie
Ashley please come make this for us! This looks beyond amazing!!
July 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpurelytwins
I'm so jealous of your gas range!!! It looks beautiful. And this flavor combination looks great. I want to put that red pepper sauce on everything.
July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie
You can roast corn on a gas oven range too -- oh, and heat up pitas and tortillas on there as well. Oh, the possibilities! Going to make this roasted red pepper sauce immediately. Always looking for easy spreads/sauces like this.
I love roasting peppers over my stove! I do that a lot in the winter!
Oh what a nice combo! It sounds so light and so decadent at the same time. You take the best food pics, girl!

Ashley--> You are too kind!
OMG YES PLEASE. Love polenta AND cauliflower. Nom.... Your recipes are the best, Ash!
This is one of the many reason I am looking forward to the gas range at our new house. Cauliflower steaks are one of my favorites! I roast them because we don't have a grill, but I imagine grilling is even better.
July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAllie
HI there . . !
I enjoyed this for my dinner last night, so I've linked to this recipe, from a resource page on my blog for vegetarian coeliacs: http://vegetariancoeliac.blogspot.co.uk/p/recipes.html I hope that's okay? Jeni x
October 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeni
Those red peppers are just beautiful -
I LOVE them like that!
Great blog - so many great ideas…
Emma :-)
March 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteremma

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