Romanesco Cauliflower Steaks with Cauliflower Puree

Romanesco Cut

Adapted from Bon Appetit

Few ingredients, big payoff: Large “steaks” are cut from a head of cauliflower, sautéed until golden, then baked until tender. They’re served over a simple puree made from the cauliflower florets. An impressive first course, this can also be a lovely side. Just sear two mahi-mahi fillets in butter and place them alongside the cauliflower.  (Original recipe used standard cauliflower, but we think the beautiful Romanesco would be produced an even more interesting steak.)

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 pound head of Romanesco cauliflower
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil plus additional for brushing

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250°F. Using sharp heavy knife and starting at top center of Romanesco cauliflower head, cut two 1-inch-thick slices of cauliflower, cutting through stem end. Set cauliflower steaks aside.
  2. Cut enough florets from remaining cauliflower head to measure 3 cups. Combine florets, 1 1/2 cups water, and milk in medium saucepan, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bring to boil and cook until cauliflower florets are very tender, about 10 minutes. Strain, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid. Spread florets on large rimmed baking sheet, and bake 10 minutes until slightly dry. Transfer florets to blender. Add reserved 1 cup cooking liquid and puree until smooth. Return puree to same saucepan and increase oven temperature to 350°F.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in heavy large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Brush cauliflower steaks with additional oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add cauliflower steaks to skillet and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer skillet to oven and bake cauliflower steaks until tender, about 10 minutes.
  4. Rewarm cauliflower puree over medium heat. Divide puree between 2 plates; top each with Romanesco cauliflower steak.