This satisfying “cutlet” recipe makes sophisticated use of the humble cauliflower, giving it some serious wow factor! Easy to double or triple, this recipe makes a fancy weeknight main dish or elegant entrée for a party.
Makes 4 servings | Ease Factor:2
• 1 medium head of cauliflower
• 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil (see note)
• 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning blend
• 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced
• 1 cup vegetable broth, plus more as needed
• 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 1-1/2 lemons; zest one of the lemons first, before squeezing)
• 2 tablespoons capers, drained and rinsed
• Zest of one lemon, for garnish
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.
2. Trim one to two inches off the two opposite sides of the cauliflower head, and set aside for another use. Cut the cauliflower head into four, 3/4- to 1-inch thick “cutlets,” as if slicing a loaf of bread. Arrange the cutlets in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
3. Put 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning and 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Liberally spread one-quarter of the seasoning mixture over the top of each cutlet, using a small pastry brush or back of a small spoon. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until tender and slightly golden brown around the edges.
4. To make the sauce, put the onion and 1⁄2 cup vegetable broth in a large skillet. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 7 to 10 minutes, or until the onion has softened. Add 1⁄2 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend, 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder and another 1⁄2 cup vegetable broth, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. If the onions become dry, add more broth, 2 tablespoons at a time. Stir in 1 teaspoon olive oil, lemon juice and capers. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes, or until the capers are heated through.
5. To serve, put each cutlet on a dinner plate and spoon one-quarter of the onion-caper sauce over each cutlet. Garnish with lemon zest and parsley. Serve warm.
Chef’s Note: To lower the fat content of this recipe, you may use vegetable broth in place of the olive oil.
Amount per serving, based on 4 servings: 108 Calories; 9g Fat; 1g Saturated fat; 3g Protein; 227mg Sodium; 8g Total Carbohydrate; 3g Sugars; 3g Fiber
Recipe from Laura Theodore's Vegan-Ease, © 2015 Laura Theodore, reprinted by permission. Photo courtesy of Annie Oliverio.
Laura Theodore is a 2014 TASTE award-winning television personality, radio host, vegan chef, cookbook author and recording artist. She is author of Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites and Jazzy Vegetarian: Lively Vegan Cuisine Made Easy and Delicious. Laura is the on-camera host, writer and co-producer of the popular cooking show, Jazzy Vegetarian and hosts the weekly podcast radio show, Jazzy Vegetarian Radio.