My friend, Erin, from the blog Naturally Ella just came out with the most beautiful cookbook, Homemade Flour. When my copy arrived in the mail, as soon as I could find a quite moment, I sat out on the patio, coffee in hand, and breezed through the pages, earmarking all of the recipes I knew I had to try. This recipe for Quinoa Crusted Cauliflower Steaks was one I knew both Josh and I would love!
One thing Josh and I have been trying to do more of lately is have at least one night a week where we put Everett to bed a little early and make dinner together more leisurely. This way were not rushing trying to get a meal ready with a sweet (possibly fussy) baby boy at our feet and then also rushing through the meal, feeding him while also trying to feed ourselves. Though we definitely want to make family meals a high priority, a meal with just the two of us cooking and eating, is needed every once in a while!
When Josh and I try a new recipe, it’s nice to have all hands on deck. One of us can read the recipe while the other starts prepping, all the while we listen to music and sip some wine.
As I read the recipe, Josh followed the steps. This was our first attempt at cauliflower steaks and now I’m sure, not the last. The key is to have a sharp knife and use the very middle parts of the cauliflower as the steaks. Maybe next time we’ll try these Ginger Soy Cauliflower Steaks or these Pan Roasted Cauliflower Steaks.
For the quinoa flour, you don’t need any special equipment, just a working blender and a handful of the popular grain. Pulse the quinoa in the blender until the quinoa becomes powder-y then toss with salt and spices for the breading. This is something I loved about the cookbook- I would think making homemade flour would be difficult and time consuming but many of these recipes are quick and quite simple!
We loved this recipe and after figuring out how easy and affordable it is to make your own flours, we will be planning a few more quiet evenings to go through more recipes from Homemade Flour. This kind of evening is much needed for parents of a one year old!
You can buy Erin’s cookbook on Amazon, Homemade Flour. And follow her blog Naturally Ella. Here are a few more recipes from the book:
A flour-less and vegetarian take on chicken fried steak - Quinoa Crusted Cauliflower Steaks.
- 1 large head cauliflower
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup heavy cream*
- 1/2 cup quinoa flour (about 1/3 cup quinoa ground in a blender)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
- 2-3 cups of your favorite marinara sauce (Homemade Flour includes a tomato sauce recipe)
- 1-2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
- 1-3 tablespoons fresh basil, julienned
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.
- Using a blender, pulse quinoa until a it becomes a light flour. Set aside.
- Strip away any excess greens on the head of the cauliflower. With the stem side down on the cutting board, cut two 1/2 inch thick steaks from the center of the cauliflower, reserving florets as they fall off.
- In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs and cream. In a separate shallow dish, combine the quinoa flour, salt, and pepper. Coat the cauliflower steaks in the egg mixture, then carefully transfer to the quinoa mixture and coat, Repeat the process, coating with egg and quinoa flour one more time to create a double crust.
- Heat half of the olive oil over medium low heat in a skillet big enough to hold one cauliflower steak. Fry the steak for 3-4 minutes on each side, until browned and crispy. Transfer the steak to the prepared baking sheet. Heat the other half of the olive oil and repeat with the second steak. Bake the steaks for 15 minutes, until tender.
- Serve the steaks with marinara sauce, topped with goat cheese and basil.
*You can make this recipe without the cream and it will still turn out delicious!