October 30, 2013

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Chimichurri (Paleo, Autoimmune, Whole30)

So...I love a good steak. Cauliflower steak, of course.

I'm kidding. I actually really, really love a good steak. But a steak is rare around here. (Actually, I take mine medium.) Steak is really not in my budget unless I catch a good deal. So today, we are replacing beef steaks with cauliflower steaks. They are really good and I love the way they look on a plate. Serve them along side some crispy chicken thighs (if you choose to eat meat, of course).

The best part about cauliflower steaks -- much less mess. Am I the only one that cuts a cauliflower into florets and finds tiny pieces all over the kitchen for a week?  How do they get across the room like that?

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Chimichurri (Paleo, Autoimmune, Whole30)

Now, though cauliflower steaks are a cool way to serve roasted cauliflower (in my opinion), the star of this is really the chimichurri. Chimichurri is a sauce that originated in Argentina and is traditionally made with parsley, olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, and oregano. It's delicious. I eat it with a spoon. While I prefer to make chimichurri by hand, you can use a small food processor. The one pictured here was processed in a food processor and the one pictured with the recipe was chopped by hand. Both were delicious, but I do prefer the taste of the hand chopped one. You can really taste the love (and work) involved. :)

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Chimichurri (Paleo, Autoimmune, Whole30)

Plus, the thing about chimichurri is that is it so easy to adjust for your personal taste. (Am I the only weird one that likes saying chimichurri?) Although cilantro isn't traditionally used in chimichurri, I love adding a little (or a lot). Did you know cilantro assists the body in detoxing heavy metals? And really, it just tastes so good. Unless you're one of those people with a strong aversion to cilantro. I will eat your share.

(I love herbs and use them in many recipes. Learn how to plant them in mason jars here and how to make them last a little longer in your fridge here.)

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Chimichurri

If you are just interested in the chimichurri recipe, find that HERE

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Chimichurri 
Serves 4 printable recipe
If you're not familiar with chimichurri, it is quite tangy. Deliciously tangy. Adjust the flavors for your own taste. Don't like a lot of raw garlic? Use less. Don't want it as tangy? Decrease the vinegar. This is written as I enjoy it, but feel free to play around with the proportions.

What you need:

 1 large head cauliflower
1-2 tbsp coconut oil or ghee (or other fat/oil) use coconut or olive oil for AIP
salt and pepper (omit pepper for AIP)

Chimichurri (approximately 1 cup)
1 cup packed flat-leaf parsley (about 1/2 cup finely chopped)
1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro
1 tsp dried oregano (or 1 tbsp fresh)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp red or white wine vinegar*
1 tbsp lemon juice (or additional vinegar)
2-4 cloves garlic (I use 4)
1/2 tsp cumin (optional, omit for AIP)
1/2 - 1 tsp salt, to taste
1/8 - 1/4 pepper, to taste (omit for AIP)

How to make:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

For chimichurri, wash and dry your herbs. Mince the garlic, sprinkle it with salt, then crush it with the flat side of your knife. Alternatively, you can use a zester/grater (This is the zester/grater I use). You may use less garlic as desired -- I use 3 or 4 cloves. Remove thick stems from herbs and finely chop the leaves of the parsley, cilantro, then oregano. In a non reactive bowl or mason jar, mix together the garlic, vinegar, lemon juice, cumin, and herbs. Pour in the olive oil (add more if need to cover the herbs). Add salt and pepper to preference. I use 1/2 tsp salt and a few grinds of pepper. Adjust flavors and add more oil if desired. Let stand for about 20 minutes at room temp (while you roast cauliflower). If you make ahead, bring to room temp before serving.

Alternatively make in food processor: Add everything except for oil to food processor and pulse until you reach desired consistency. Transfer to a nonreactive bowl or mason jar and pour oil over mixture. Add more and adjust flavors as desired.

For cauliflower: Remove leaves and trim the stem from the cauliflower while leaving the core intact. With core side down, cut cauliflower in half then cut two 1/2 inch steaks from each half (amount will depend on size of cauliflower). Cut smaller steaks from broken pieces or use for other purpose. Rub steaks with ghee and sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides and place on baking sheet. Roast for 15 minutes, flip steaks carefully, then roast for another 10-15 minutes or until browned and tender. Serve topped with chimichurri sauce.

  • Chimichurri can be refrigerated for several weeks. Serve with cauliflower steaks (recipe follows) or regular steaks or anything else desired (you can use it as a marinade as well).
  • Cutting the cauliflower into steaks is easier with a fresher cauliflower. You may only be able to get two steaks from one cauliflower. Cut in half first then cut steaks from each side. The outer sections are more likely to fall apart.
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My last post: Fried Egg in an Avocado (whole egg or yolk only)

Another way to enjoy cauliflower: Indian Style Cauliflower Rice.

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Chimichurri (Paleo, Autoimmune, Whole30)

Looking for some desserts to enjoy on Halloween instead, including my instant pumpkin ice cream? Find my dessert recipes HEREBy the way, if you follow me on Facebook and you remember I shared that I had a pumpkin recipe coming, it will be up next. It's been ready to go for weeks now, but I've neglected to take pics. It's worth the wait, especially for you egg-free peeps or if you're looking for a new allergy-friendly Thanksgiving dessert.

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  1. Julie@teachinggoodeatersOctober 31, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Oh my goodness... This looks amazing! I'm on a huge cauliflower kick and though I've never tried chimichurri but you were seriously making my mouth water, so I think I'm going to like it :) By the way, your photos are beautiful!

  2. Livin' the Crunchy LifeOctober 31, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Thank you so much, Julie! I really appreciate your comment!

    I'm on a cauliflower kick as well. :) I do hope you try it out. The chimichurri tastes so great with the roasted cauliflower, but I've been putting it on everything from eggs to a spoon. :) Thanks again and I hope you enjoy!

  3. Livin' the Crunchy LifeNovember 4, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Thank you!

  4. Deeeeelicious. I loved it. Such a nice change from the same old dishes. I wanna put that sauce on everything!

  5. Livin' the Crunchy LifeDecember 1, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Thank you! The sauce if my favorite -- I even eat it off the spoon. :) I'm so glad you enjoyed it and thank you for taking the time to leave a comment!

  6. This sounds divine! I was going to do cauliflower with my meatloaf tonight. think I'll just try this. thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

  7. Livin' the Crunchy LifeJanuary 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    You're welcome! I hope you enjoy it!

  8. OMG this is absolutely MOUTH WATERING!! I want to make this RIGHT NOW!

  9. Livin' the Crunchy LifeJune 26, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    DO IT! Do it now!

    Thanks for stopping by to comment. :)

  10. Looks awesome! I LOVE cauliflower and I can't wait to try the sauce with it! Thanks for sharing! :)

  11. Livin' the Crunchy LifeOctober 15, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Thanks, Courtney!


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