Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower SteaksKatie Workman buffalo sauce, cauliflower, vegetarian main dish
If you love chicken wings, but can’t justify them as part of the regular rotation OR if you’re a vegetarian missing buffalo wings, this is for you.
What is the Deal with Cauliflower Steaks?
Which one (or more) of the following sentences describes you?
- You love cauliflower steaks, and you’ve been enjoying them for some time.
- You’ve seen cauliflower steaks on a menu and wondered “what in the world….”
- You’ve tried cauliflower steak at a restaurant, liked it, and wondered why the hell you were paying so much money for a slab of a $4 vegetable.
Ok, now how about these sentences:
- You love buffalo chicken wings and eat them all the time, and feel fine about it.
- You love buffalo chicken wings, have them occasionally, wish you could have them more, but you don’t feel so pleased with yourself after scarfing down a plateful.
- You wish you could drink Frank’s Red Hot Sauce right out of the bottle.
All of these positions are very valid. And any combination of them is understandable.
Making Cauliflower Steaks at Home
Cauliflower steaks may be trendy and they may be a little silly to order in a restaurant (unless you really really want one) but they are NOT silly to make at home. Not at all. They are satisfying and hearty, and the way the edges caramelize (I think I should start a drinking game with my blog, in that every time I say or you read the word “caramelize” we should all take a slug of something) is pure deliciousness.
How to Make Cauliflower Steaks
After you slice the cauliflower into slabs at least 1-inch thick, you will have leftover bits from the sides. That is just fine. You can toss them with a bit of olive oil and salt and roast them right alongside, or if you have some of the Buffalo sauce mixture left, brush that on. They won’t be steaks, but they will be a well deserved and appreciated snack for the cook and for anyone lucky enough to be in the kitchen when the tray is removed from the oven.
Brush the steaks with the Buffalo sauce mixture, making sure to get the sides as well as the top and the bottoms. Some of the steaks might be only just holding together—that’s ok, just move them gently. Now, roast the heck out of them.Trendy steaks are so easy to make at home. They are satisfying and hearty, and the way the edges caramelize is pure deliciousness.Click To Tweet
Once you’ve plated them up, dollop them generously with Blue Cheese Dip.
And then give them a little sprinkle of parsley because you are classy like that.
I served these Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower Steaks with a Frisee, Radicchio and Escarole Salad with Citrus Dressing. A delicious vegetarian meal that did not feel skimpy in the slightest.
Other Frank Red Hot Sauce Recipes:
- 1 large head cauliflower trimmed and cut from top to bottom into 3 or 4 1-inch slices or “steaks”
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- ½ cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
- Kosher salt to taste
- ½ cup Blue Cheese Dip
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper, or spray it with nonstick spray.
- In a small bowl combine the melted butter and the Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. Brush both sides of each cauliflower steak with the mixture, and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Roast for about 25 minutes, until the steaks are just tender, and browned in spots.
- Serve hot or warm with the Blue Cheese Dressing.