Cauliflower Steaks with Cheesy Cauli-Puree and Hazelnut Gremolata

cauliflower steaks with cheesy gremolata
  • 4Servings


  • 2 small to medium heads cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed
  • A little freshly grated or ground nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup skinned hazelnuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 lemon, zested


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees .

Cut two 1 1/2-inch-thick slices from the center of each cauliflower head to form 4 large tree-shaped "steaks". Chop the remaining cauliflower into bite-size florets, about 4 to 5 cups, and place them in a medium pot with a lid. Add the stock, milk, garlic and nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Partially cover and cook until florets are very tender, 10 to 12 minutes. In a food processor, puree the cooked cauliflower with the cheese. Return the puree to the pot and cover to keep warm.

Meanwhile, in a large cast-iron skillet or on a griddle, heat the EVOO over medium-high. Season the cauliflower steaks with the rosemary and salt and pepper. Cook, turning, until browned, 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Transfer to the oven; roast until deep golden and tender, 10 minutes.

Chop the nuts with the parsley and lemon zest to make the gremolata.

Divide the puree among 4 plates and top each with a cauliflower steak. Sprinkle with the gremolata.