Cauliflower Steaks with Muhammara & Olive Relish

When leftover muhammara is in my kitchen, it’s bound to end up in countless random dishes. This recipe being one of many that honestly turned out way too good not to share: cauliflower steaks with muhammara & olive relish. Approachable, healthy, and BIG on flavor.

Cauliflower Steaks with Muhammara

Last year I shared my recipe for red pepper & walnut dip (or muhammara). To this day, it’s one of my favorite recipes. I make it all the time for special occasions or simply just to have on hand for fun little dishes like these cauliflower steaks. It’s a dip, or a spread, or whatever you want to call it that is unbelievably flavorful. It’s got spice, it’s got richness, and it’s absolutely addicting.

I roasted off some cauliflower steaks (mixed with all the florets that inevitably fall off when trying to slice the steaks) in a cast-iron skillet, then finished cooking them in the oven until tender. I had a feeling that a similar olive mixture that I had made for these roasted beets would be perfect on this.

It’s got tangy olives, sweet dried apricots, and sizzled walnuts cooked down in fried rosemary oil with a bit of vinegar and honey. It is perfection. And should probably be used to top just about everything and anything.

And there you have it! The most flavorful cauliflower steaks ever. Enjoy!!

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Cauliflower Steaks with Muhammara & Olive Relish

Cauliflower Steaks with Muhammara

roasted cauliflower steaks served with muhammara (red pepper & walnut dip) and a tangy olive relish

serves: 4

  • Author: Kayla Howey
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Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower, leaves pulled
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup chopped dried apricots
  • ¾ cup pitted olives, halved
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 cups muhammara (roasted red pepper & walnut dip)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Trim a sliver off the end of the cauliflower head, still keeping the root intact. Slice the cauliflower into ¾” steaks. Some of the steaks will most likely break apart naturally into florets as you slice. Do your best to keep the steaks together.
  2. Heat a large, cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the skillet. Work in batches to sear the cauliflower steaks and florets until caramelized, about 4-5 minutes per side. Season well with a pinch of salt.
  3. Transfer the cauliflower to the oven and cook until tender, about 8-10 more minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to a medium skillet. Heat the oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the rosemary and turn the heat to low. Fry the rosemary until slightly golden and crisp on both sides. Remove the rosemary and reserve.
  5. Add the walnuts to the oil and let toast for a minute or so. Stir in the apricots, olives, white wine vinegar, and honey. Cook for another couple of minutes until reduced.
  6. Spoon the muhammara onto a large platter. Transfer all of the cauliflower to the platter next. Spoon the olive relish over top and garnish with the fried rosemary leaves.

Notes

I like using castelvetrano and kalamata olives for this recipe, but you can use any olives you’d like.

This recipe also works well for leftovers. If I’m not serving a crowd, I’ll simply plate up an individual portion, and then store the remaining components separately in the fridge. For leftovers, just re-heat the cauliflower in the oven at 425°F and warm the olive relish in the microwave (optional).

Cauliflower Steaks with Muhammara

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