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Tuesday, 25 January 2022

Harissa-Roasted Cauliflower Steaks : Vegan : Vegetarian

Made from a few simple ingredients, this vegan/vegetarian cauliflower dish can be served as a starter, or with a salad for lunch or a light meal. Making your own harissa is really easy, but if you’re short of time you could use a jar of ready-made harissa instead.

Serves Two
1 cauliflower, sliced into steaks approx. 3–4cm/1¼–1½in thick, young leaves removed and reserved
2 garlic cloves, peeled
2 tbsp harissa paste (see below for recipe or use a jar)
2 tsp olive oil
sea salt flakes, to taste
For the harissa
125ml/4fl oz olive oil
1 tsp chilli flakes
2 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp coriander seeds
2 tsp hot smoked paprika
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1 large chargrilled pepper (from a jar)
To serve
2 heaped tbsp hummus
1 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
harissa, to drizzle

1. To make the harissa, place all the ingredients into a food processor with a pinch of salt and blend, or use a pestle and mortar to grind until smooth.
2. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.
3. Rub the garlic cloves over the cauliflower steaks, then rub a teaspoon of the harissa you made and a pinch of salt over each steak, ensuring the entire steak is covered. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of the olive oil over a baking tray. Place the cauliflower on the baking tray and bake for 20 minutes. Turn over and bake for another 15 minutes (or 20–23 minutes if you like a slightly crispier texture).
4. Oil another baking tray. Wash the reserved leaves and remove any tough stalks. Put the leaves in a bowl along with 1 teaspoon of harissa and ¼ teaspoon of salt then rub the leaves to coat them in harissa. Place on the baking tray. Bake for 15 minutes, or until crisp.
5. To serve, divide the hummus between two plates and top with the cauliflower steaks. Add the crispy leaves around the plate and finish with a sprinkling of toasted pine nuts and a drizzle of harissa.

Recipe Tip
If you make your own harissa, you will have quite a bit leftover which can be stored in the fridge and used in other recipes.

Each serving provides
12g protein, 18.5g carbohydrates (of which 12g sugars), 14.5g fat (of which 1g saturates), 8g fibre and 1.4g salt.
The above from original idea here

Related post and recipe
Cauliflower Roast - Spiced and Flavourful - see here

You will find a variety of articles and recipe ideas, are within this blog. It is important to note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan


William Kendall said...

I assume that could get spicy.

J.P. Alexander said...

Se ven muy ricos gracias por la receta. Te mando un beso

Tom said... looks good to me!

Veronica Lee said...

I love cauliflower and this is right up my alley!

Happy Tuesday!

peppylady (Dora) said...

Coffee is on and stay safe

Elephant's Child said...


aussie aNNie said...

Right on dinner time, yum. x

Valerie-Jael said...

This sounds great. Have a good week, Valerie

Jo said...

I like cauliflower but I've never eaten it in this way.

eileeninmd said...

Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!
Take care, enjoy your day!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This sounds like my kind of lunch. I have all the ingredients to make harissa, except the peppers.

CJ Kennedy said...

Cauliflower steak sounds interesting but the sauce needs to be a little less spicy for me.

Jeanie said...

I've never tried harissa. I should!

R's Rue said...


Sondra said...

That looks scrumptious I def love to char veggies on my cast iron griddle..

Christine said...

Delicious and even the leaves too!

José Antonio Sánchez Rumí said...

You will have to try them, it looks easy to eat and they have to be delicious.
Best regards.

Debbie said...

WoW...YuM!! my mom would love this!!

carol l mckenna said...

Oh looks and sounds delish ~ Xo

Wishing you lots of laughter in your days,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

happyone said...

I would never have thought to do that - it sure looks delicious.

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh my mercy! This looks so very good. I love stuff like this! Thanks for the recipe. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Snowbird said...

That's on the menu tomorrow!!! Yum!xxx

DVArtist said...

Hmmm good recipe. Thank you.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Yum! My husband often cooks cauliflower cut this way but we usually add only salt and pepper, them dip in mustard. Harissa sounds like such a delicious addition. We must get more creative with the spices on our cauliflower!

Teresa said...

La coliflor es una verdura que me gusta mucho y esa se ve muy buena. Besos.