Spicy fresh cheese marinated cauliflower with steak
While restyling my index page some time ago I noticed this blog has no beef recipes. Why? I actually never thought about it. I guess there’s not much to say about grilling a steak. It’s best when presented pure with salt and pepper. So we’re left with the sides to come up with something original (as far as beef needs sides…). This spicy fresh cheese marinated cauliflower combines well with beef but would also do fine with pork or fish.
Spicy fresh cheese marinated cauliflower
I had been playing with the idea for a recipe like this for about a year now. Up till now I always found a reason to postpone the attempt. Somehow I was in doubt about how to prepare the cauliflower without drying it out or ending with too much smoke taste. Then I noticed this recipe by Pure Wow (actually my wife did) and found the solution. Cooking the cauliflower for about 15 min. sounded like a good idea to prevent drying out and the spicy marinade could prevent the cauliflower from absorbing too much smoke. After tasting the juicy cauliflower I was wondering if it really was necessary to precook the cauliflower. Maybe the low and slow method would do fine? Something to try out next time. Meanwhile you can trust me on this recipe. Maybe you’ve been experimenting with something like this yourself? If so I’d be glad to hear all about it!
For lovers of cauliflower this is a delicious sidedish to present along with a beautiful piece of meat or fish. This rather special marinade adds a pleasant taste. Since the Marinade only covers the outside, it’s far from overwhelming in the end. For serving you can slice the cauliflower like a cake. And serve each person a part of this golden treasure. The kids loved it and so did we.
Concerning the steak I have to admit there’s another reason why I may have skipped posts with beef. In my opinion I’m not the right person to talk much about technique. Especially not when it’s about the high and fast grilling and searing the meat. I’m all about low and slow and somehow I’m a little bit afraid of burning my lovely piece of meat (beef is expensive so I don’t want to waste it…) I know it’s stupid and I realise it won’t get burned immediately so I need to get beyond this “fear”. Besides I really need a cast iron grid too… So who could buy me one? (If the kids could read: “hint: Fathers day”). Damned… My oldest is 5 I don’t think he’ll get it . Anyway seared or not, perfect grill marks or not… the steak was delicious and was well supported by the spicy fresh cheese marinated cauliflower.
Thanks for stopping over here and take the time to give a look at this recipe. Any questions? I’m looking forward to answer them! Don’t hesitate to leave a message! Getting in contact and learn from fellow “foodies” is one of the reasons I started this blog.
- 1 medium cauliflower (+-1kg)
- Steaks 4
- Vegetable Broth (optional)
- 100 gr. fresh cheese
- 1 tsp. sushi vinegar
- 1.5 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. curry powder (like this homemade Malaysian Curry
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. chili flakes
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 6 twigs freshly chopped lemon verbena
1. Prepare your BBQ (or oven) for indirect cooking at medium temperature (+-200°C/400°F)
2. Start by cooking the cauliflower in a large pan for about 15min. If you like the cauliflower to keep it's natural taste on the inside just add some salt to the water. If you prefer the cauliflower with a deeper flavour you could use vegetable broth for cooking the cauliflower.
3. Let the cauliflower cool down while you mix the fresh cheese with the herbs.
4. Rub the cauliflower thoroughly with the spiced fresh cheese
5. Place the cauliflower in the BBQ for about 45 min. While waiting salt the steaks. This will enhance it's flavor.
6. Keep the cauliflower warm while you grill the steaks on hot fire.
7. Serve with sweet potatoes, baked potatoes, fries, ...