Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cauliflower Steaks with Chile Corn Salsa

I've been seeing a lot of recipes for cauliflower steaks lately, so I decided to give them a try tonight.

Roasting cauliflower gives this healthy vegetable a creamy texture and a buttery flavor.  I didn't let mine get as brown as some of the other recipes (I was HUNGRY), but I did pan saute it and then roast it enough to give it some color.  Some of my "steaks" broke apart, likely because I cut them too thin.  But, the thicker you cut them, the longer they will take to cook.

For the salsa topping, I did a saute of red onions, corn, anaheim chiles and tomatoes.  Anaheim chiles are low on the scoville scale, but still gave this dish a nice amount of heat.  If you want to punch up the heat more, you can substitute jalapenos or serranos, or even habaneros (beware - those suckers are HOT!).

If you were up for a big meal (as yours truly was after a fun, athletic yoga class), you could probably take out two "steaks" topped with salsa.  But, one would likely also be satisfying, or make for a nice side dish or light lunch.

Cauliflower Steaks with Chile Corn Salsa
Serves two as a (hearty) main dish, four as a side or light lunch

One head of cauliflower, sliced into thick "steaks" 
2 Tbsp+ olive oil
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1/2 Anaheim chile, minced
1 cup of corn kernels (defrost first if using frozen)
6-8 cherry tomatoes, diced
1 cup arugula
Salt, black pepper, cumin and oregano

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Heat oil in large saute pan.  Brown the cauliflower "steaks" 3 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned.  Season with black pepper.  Put on baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes, or until desired brownness.

While cauliflower is roasting, saute onions and chiles in olive oil on high heat until the onion is translucent and the chiles are softened, about five minutes.  Stir in the corn kernels and tomatoes.  Season generously with cumin and oregano, as well as with salt and pepper to taste.  When the pan liquids begin to bubble, reduce heat to medium and allow the salsa to thicken for five or so minutes.  Keep warm.

When the cauliflower steaks are nearly done, raise heat on the salsa and stir in arugula until slightly wilted.  Top steaks with salsa and serve immediately.

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