Cauliflower steaks are a great alternative to various animal based proteins. If you follow a plant-based diet, think about using it in place of beef, veal or other animal proteins. For example, cauliflower can be used as a meat substitute in many stews and other casseroles, such as my Cauliflower, Cashew and Carrot Curry. In this recipe I’ve used cauliflower in place of veal shanks to make a delicious Cauliflower Osso Bucco. I call this dish Osso Bucco due to the flavors. Though it does not involve any hollow animal bones when made with vegetarian ingredients.
How to make “Steaks” for Cauliflower Osso Bucco
Cauliflower steaks are easy to make. Start by washing a head of cauliflower. Next, remove the extra leaves and bottom of the stalk, and slice the head vertically into 1 – 1 ½” thick “steaks.” Use the steaks for Cauliflower Osso Bucco as a substitute for meat. Make sure to reduce the cooking time to keep them from becoming too mushy.
Cauliflower is low in calories and high in vitamin C
Foods that are rich in vitamin C can help with iron absorption which can help prevent iron-deficiency anemia. As a cruciferous vegetable that contains phytochemicals, cauliflower may have cancer fighting properties. Other members of the cruciferous family include cabbage, broccoli and brussels sprouts.
Why Make Osso Bucco Vegetarian?
Many people follow a plant-based diet because of philosophic or political views, for their health, or other reasons. As I said, out of convenience and because of the flavors, I call this version Osso Bucco too, even though there is no meat involved. Cauliflower Osso Bucco is a tasty alternative if you are trying to eat more of a plant-based diet. It can also help with the budget as making animal-based Osso Bucco is much more expensive than purchasing a few heads of cauliflower for dinner.