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Cheesy Cauliflower “Steaks” with Warm Caper Vinaigrette

Cheesy Cauliflower “Steaks” with Warm Caper Vinaigrette

Serve this as a vegetarian main course with a green salad, or serve it alongside roast chicken or fish.

4 servings


  • 7 tbsp olive oil divided
  • large head cauliflowers
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ tbsp capers rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 oz Castello® Smoked Fontina shredded


Preheat the oven to 400°F. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over a large rimmed baking sheet.

Keeping the stem intact, cut the cauliflower into 1-inch thick slices. Arrange the “steaks” on the baking sheet, adding any loose florets to the pan as well. Drizzle the cauliflower with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season very lightly with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven until undersides are golden brown, about 15 minutes. Using a spatula, carefully flip the cauliflower and return to the oven and roast until tender, about 10 minutes more.

While cauliflower roasts, make the vinaigrette: Combine the garlic and 3 tablespoons olive oil in a small skillet over moderately high heat until garlic begins to brown. Remove from the heat and whisk in lemon juice, capers, ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Cover to keep warm.

When cauliflower is tender, sprinkle the shredded fontina over it and return it to the oven and roast until melted and bubbling, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving platter. Stir the parsley into the vinaigrette and spoon over the cauliflower. Serve at once.