Harissa-roasted cauliflower steaks

Made from a few simple ingredients, this vegan cauliflower dish wouldn’t look out of place in a smart restaurant.


1 cauliflower, sliced into steaks approx. 3–4cm/1¼–1½in thick, young leaves removed and reserved
2 garlic cloves, peeled
2 tbsp harissa paste (see below for recipe or use a jar)
2 tsp olive oil
sea salt flakes, to taste

For the harissa
125ml/4fl oz olive oil
1 tsp chilli flakes
2 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp coriander seeds
2 tsp hot smoked paprika
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1 large chargrilled pepper (from a jar)

To serve
2 heaped tbsp hummus
1 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
harissa, to drizzle

To make the harissa, place all the ingredients into a food processor with a pinch of salt and blend, or use a pestle and mortar to grind until smooth.
Pre-heat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.

Rub the garlic cloves over the cauliflower steaks, then rub a teaspoon of the harissa you made and a pinch of salt over each steak, ensuring the entire steak is covered. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of the olive oil over a baking tray. Place the cauliflower on the baking tray and bake for 20 minutes. Turn over and bake for another 15 minutes (or 20–23 minutes if you like a slightly crispier texture).

Oil another baking tray. Wash the reserved leaves and remove any tough stalks. Put the leaves in a bowl along with 1 teaspoon of harissa and ¼ teaspoon of salt then rub the leaves to coat them in harissa. Place on the baking tray. Bake for 15 minutes, or until crisp.

To serve, divide the hummus between two plates and top with the cauliflower steaks. Add the crispy leaves around the plate and finish with a sprinkling of toasted pine nuts and a drizzle of harissa.


Recipe by BBC Food