Rustic Reverie: Cauliflower Steaks Drenched in Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Experience a burst of Mediterranean flavors with thick slices of roasted cauliflower, charred to perfection, and smothered in a luscious sun-dried tomato cream sauce. This dish, both hearty and elegant, promises a culinary journey that marries rustic simplicity with gourmet finesse.

Photo of a plate showcasing Cauliflower Steaks, golden and charred, lavishly covered in Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce, garnished with fresh basil and parmesan shavings, set against a rustic dining backdrop.

Precise Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Number of Servings and Ideal Serving Size

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Ideal Serving Size: One cauliflower steak with a generous drizzle of sun-dried tomato cream sauce.

Essential Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 280 kcal per serving
  • Proteins: 6g
  • Fats: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Sodium: 310mg
  • Fiber: 5g

Ingredients (Measured in Grams)

  • Cauliflower (cut into 2cm thick steaks): 800 grams
  • Olive oil: 20ml
  • Salt: 5 grams
  • Pepper: 3 grams
  • Sun-dried tomatoes (chopped): 100 grams
  • Heavy cream: 200ml
  • Garlic (minced): 10 grams
  • Fresh basil (chopped): 10 grams for garnish
  • Parmesan cheese (grated): 50 grams

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Brush each cauliflower steak with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place them on a baking sheet.
  3. Roast the cauliflower steaks in the oven for about 20 minutes or until they're tender and slightly charred.
  4. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, sauté minced garlic until fragrant. Add the chopped sun-dried tomatoes and cook for a couple of minutes.
  5. Pour in the heavy cream and let the sauce simmer until it thickens.
  6. Stir in the grated parmesan cheese until melted and combined.
  7. Once the cauliflower steaks are ready, plate them and generously drizzle with the sun-dried tomato cream sauce.
  8. Garnish with freshly chopped basil.
Photo of a dining table setup: a plate with a serving of Cauliflower Steaks with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce, a bowl of arugula salad, crusty bread, and a glass of red wine, capturing the essence of a Mediterranean feast.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • For an added layer of flavor, sprinkle some toasted pine nuts on top.
  • Serve with a side of arugula salad for a refreshing contrast.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Can I use fresh tomatoes instead of sun-dried? While sun-dried tomatoes provide a distinct flavor, fresh cherry tomatoes can be used as an alternative. However, the sauce's taste and texture will differ.
  • How should I store leftovers? Keep the cauliflower steaks and sauce separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat before serving.