Tempura Cauliflower Steak

Hello from Ohio!!! Yep, I flew out of NYC this morning super early, and I’m back in the heartland!

BeautyBeyondBones, back in the Heartland!

The Christmas tree is lit, Bing Crosby is crooning away with classic Christmas tunes on the Alexa. All we need now is the snow! 

Christmas in Ohio.

But…it’s currently 50 degrees in Ohio today, and I’m wearing a tee-shirt, so there’s that.  

Alright, y’all. It’s time for a show stopper recipe. Holy cow, you guys, this is one for the books, I’m serious. 

Earlier this week, I challenged myself to make an elegant dinner, fit for a Christmas feast. And this takes the cake! Because not only is it decked out in festive Christmas colors, but it is incredibly delicious.

Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain Free and Paleo Tempura Cauliflower Steak! Topped with blistered Italian veggies. Positively delicious!


So what did I make?? “Tempura” Cauliflower Steak with Blistered Italian Veggies!

Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain Free and Paleo Tempura Cauliflower Steak! Topped with blistered Italian veggies. Positively delicious!

Wow. Wow. Wow. That’s about all I can say. I’m going to go out on a limb here, and proclaim that this is the best thing I’ve ever made. And I don’t say that lightly.

Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain Free and Paleo Tempura Cauliflower Steak! Topped with blistered Italian veggies. Positively delicious!

This treat was Grain and Gluten Free, Vegan, Specific Carb Diet friendly, and Paleo!

Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain Free and Paleo Tempura Cauliflower Steak! Topped with blistered Italian veggies. Positively delicious!

Here’s what you need: (Serves One)

1/3 head of cauliflower

1 egg, beaten (vegan option: plain, unsweetened almond milk)
1/3 cup almond flour

handful green beans
1/2 zucchini, sliced
6 mushrooms, sliced

Sauce:
15 grape tomatoes, or one large tomato
1/2 red pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves
1/2 onion, chopped
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried oregano

Fresh basil, chopped (garnish)

Tools:
Food processor (this is the one I use and love)
Baking sheet
Tinfoil (I use nonstick and it’s a game changer)
bowl
medium sized plate
nonstick frying pan
Good chef’s knife (this is the one I use and love)
Olive oil mister (or organic olive oil spray)

Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain Free and Paleo Tempura Cauliflower Steak! Topped with blistered Italian veggies. Positively delicious!

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut 1/3 of the cauliflower head. I used the “center cut” that included the root, and saved the outer thirds for snack and other meals. Set aside and set up your breading station. 

Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain Free and Paleo Tempura Cauliflower Steak! Topped with blistered Italian veggies. Positively delicious!

Breading process: You’ll need a bowl, medium sized plate, and your tinfoil-lined, olive oil-sprayed baking sheet. (Or simply line with nonstick tinfoil). In the bowl, beat the egg and add a pinch of salt. (Or use plain, unsweetened almond milk.) On the plate, spread out the almond flour with a pinch of salt. Take the cauliflower “steak,” coat it in egg, and then place it on the plate with the almond flour and dredge it evenly with the almond flour. Then place it on one half of the baking sheet. Spritz it with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain Free and Paleo Tempura Cauliflower Steak!

On the other half of the baking sheet, place your green beans in a single layer. Spritz them with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and place the entire baking sheet into the oven. You’ll bake the cauliflower for a total of 40 minutes. But at 20 minutes, when you flip the cauliflower, remove the green beans and set aside. 

Meanwhile, create the sauce. Sauté the onions and garlic in 1-2 tsp EVOO, salt, pepper, and dried herbs over medium heat. After about 4 minuets, add the red peppers. Let those soften, about 4 minutes. Then add the tomatoes and let them cook for about 4 more minutes. Then, carefully transfer the veggies to the food processor, and process until it is smooth. You’ll need to scrape the sides a few times. 

Also, meanwhile, in a separate pan, sauté the mushrooms and zucchini in 1-2 tsp EVOO. Let them brown on one side (about 3 minutes), then flip and let the other side brown. Set aside. 

Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain Free and Paleo Tempura Cauliflower Steak! Topped with blistered Italian veggies. Positively delicious!

To assemble: place the cauliflower “steak” on the plate. Top with the veggie mixture and sauce, and garnish with chopped fresh basil. PROTIP: I put the majority of the sauce around the cauliflower on the plate to minimize the contact between the sauce and the breading on the cauliflower, so it would stay nice and crispy. 

Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain Free and Paleo Tempura Cauliflower Steak! Topped with blistered Italian veggies. Positively delicious!

You guys. I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing this was. I know I can be a bit of a “gusher” about food…but this is next. level. 

Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain Free and Paleo Tempura Cauliflower Steak!

The first thing you notice when you bring it to the table is how freaking gorgeous it is. And so Christmasy! There’s something “rustically fabulous” about the breaded and substantial steak of golden brown cauliflower, topped with a stately pile of blistered veggies, and bright red tomato sauce. It is regal. It is elegant. It is something to be proud of. 🙂 

Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain Free and Paleo Tempura Cauliflower Steak! Topped with blistered Italian veggies. Positively delicious!

Then, the taste is just outrageous. The bright and subtly sweet tomato sauce is the perfect backdrop to the nutty and homey cauliflower. The bright basil accents the caramelized green beans and zucchini. So. Good. 

And then the textures. This may be the best part. Let me tell you: you’ve got to cut into that cauliflower with a steak knife! It still has a firm bite to it, but the outsides have caramelized and become a little chewy and have some give. And coating the outside is this sweet and nutty coating of almond flour that gives it a richness and butteriness that you’ve never experienced with cauliflower before. It was cauliflower, transcended. 🙂 

And then the creamy sauce with the crunchy veggies — just delightful. 

Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain Free and Paleo Tempura Cauliflower Steak! Topped with blistered Italian veggies. Positively delicious!

So all in all, this was a terrific meal that I cannot wait to recreate for Christmas! 

It was special and seemed a bit extravagant…but in reality, it was just my humble kitchen superstar: cauliflower! 

Whatever your plans are for Christmas, I hope they are filled with people you love, the celebration of our Savior, lots of joy, and of course, delicious food! 

See ya next week! 

What’s on your menu for Christmas?

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53 thoughts on “Tempura Cauliflower Steak

    1. THanks Ryan! yeah, me too!! i had a couple auditions today, so I figured what the hey, might as well come in a few days early and beat the travel rush! (and get a cheaper flight too!!) haha merry christmas friend! hugs xo

  1. This sounds and looks absolutely delicious! The presentation is beautiful. As a lover of vegetables I am a fan. You make everything look so yummy. Seems like a great meal for Christmas 🎄🎄🎄🎄 Thank you for sharing 😍😍❄❄🎁

    1. Hey Lane! As thanks so much!! Yeah I had fun with this one!! And it tasted even better! Have a great night! Hugs and love xox

  2. My dear friend,

    Thanks for sharing, my friend 🙂

    Surely excellent meal that I like to try out. yam, yam 🙂
    As I am a lacto vegetarian I also like cabbage steaks very much. You can prepare a spicy (consisting of mixed spices) dip and surround it to (for example) the cauliflower parts. Then you can use chickpea flour to give it a coat. After it you can fry it in oil – very delicious too, Indian way. In the same way you can use cucumber slices to make cucumber steaks.

    In case we do not hear from each other before Xmas – I wish you and your family a blessed time with thoughts absorbed in Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas, my dear friend!

    From heart to heart
    Didi

    1. Thanks so much Didi! Yes! Cabbage steaks are also super yum!! I love your ideas! Will definitely have to try that out! Merry Christmas dear friend. Hugs and love xox

    1. Hahah yes!! Thank you so much! Healthy and quite tasty if I do say so myself 🙂 Hugs and love xox

  3. I’m so glad you made it home for the holidays. We are headed to my in-laws’ farm tomorrow for a nice, long, well-deserved break! I can’t wait to see my in-laws, have them meet our dogs, and relax!!

    1. Thank you so much Laura Beth! Yes! it’s so good to be home. Safe travels tomorrow! and have fun!! hugs xox

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