I was craving a proper ‘Sunday roast’, a huge deal for a Brit abroad. But I had missed the boat on the Sunday, instead I made this tasty dish on Monday. A perfect cheap and vegan solution for those awkward family gatherings, where everyone else is catered for by a huge roast joint. It’s so easy to make, even Grandad could make it!
To make you’ll need:
- A whole head of cauliflower
- 3 tbs gravy granules (I used Bisto- Original (red))
- 3tbs cornflour
- 1tsp dried thyme
- 1tbs dried parsley
- 1tsp mustard powder (I used Coleman’s)
- 1tsp garlic powder (Available from Flying Tiger Copenhagen)
- 1tsp onion powder (Available from Flying Tiger Copenhagen)
- 1tsp ground black pepper
Simply wash the cauliflower and carve off any stalk and unsightly bits from the main body. Pat down with a towel and pre-heat the oven to a nice 180°C. In a bowl, place all the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Then, start adding water, bit-by-bit, until a thick, savoury paste has formed. Now, prepare to get messy! Use your hands (cleaned, of course) to cover the whole cauliflower with the paste. This will form a nice herby crust as it roasts in the oven. Make sure the cauli is evenly covered and place in the oven in a baking tray. Roast for roughly 50 minutes, before taking it out and turning the baking tray. Place in for a further 20 minutes. Once this is done, take it out and pierce the centre with a skewer, to check that it has fully cooked. If not, place it back in for a further 10 minutes. Once it has finished, leave to slightly cool before serving.
I’d recommend serving it with a medley of vegetables and a classic British onion gravy, which I make from using Bisto Original (red), the cooking water from all of the veg and some fried onions. I also served mine with some homemade stuffing, of which I’ll post the recipe soon!
The roasted cauliflower, enrobed in onion gravy.
Aldi recently had cauliflowers at 45p, so I bought quite a few; they’re a great meat alternative, versatile and last for ages! Here’s a recipe I came up with to emulate that meaty bbq taste!
For the BBQ Cauliflower:
- 1/2 Head of cauliflower
- 1tbs tomato pureé
- Splash liquid smoke
- 1tbs dark soy sauce
- 1tsp Chipotle chilli powder
- 1tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
- 1tbs paprika
- 1tbs pomegranate molasses
- 1tbs apple cider vinegar
- 1tsp dried rosemary
- Splash garlic infused oil
- 1tsp onion powder
- Splash of wate
For the charred sweet potato mash:
- 3 Sweet potatoes, peeled & chopped
- Salt n Pepper
- 1 knob of vegan butter
- 200ml plant milk (I used Oatly)
- 1 roasted red pepper, chopped
- 4 lingonberry pickled onions, chopped
- Handful of fresh coriander, chopped
Okay, so this method is a little unconventional, but bear with me.
Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into thick coins, layer them on a baking tray and drizzle a splash of oil and season with a little salt. Make sure all the pieces of potato are covered and then put into a hot oven (200°C) and bake for twenty minutes. At this point you need to watch them like a hawk because you want them to be burned but not incinerated! Once they’re browned or lightly blackened, remove them from the oven put them in the pan with the milk, vegan butter and a little more salt. If they haven’t fully softened by now they will in the mix. When they’re softened take off the heat mash them together. Depending on the size of your potatoes you may not need all of the milk, just enough to give you a thick but creamy mash. Spoon the mixture into chef’s ring/ decorative tart tin on your serving plate and allow to cool. If using a tin, like I did you may have to flip it onto another plate.
Now for the bbq cauliflower. Put a pan on the hob on low heat and drizzle with a little oil. I like using a Dutch Oven such as a Le Creuset as it can go from the hob to the oven easily. Add in the tomato pureé and let it fry off. Next, add in the spices, syrups and soy sauce and stir them into the tomato mixture. You should have a smoky, dark paste in the pan. Cut the cauliflower into little pieces and add them into the pan, trying to coat them with the smoky sauce. Let it fry off for a few minutes, then add in a splash of water. Stir and with the lid on, place in the oven on a low heat (140°C) for 30 minutes.
Once the time is up you should have a brown, glistening and surprisingly meaty cauliflower mixture. Place in a bowl and add the pepper, pickled onion and coriander.
Place a Chef’s ring on top of the mash and spoon in the cauliflower mixture. Once filled, press it lightly and slowly take the Chef’s ring off. Finish with some more chopped coriander. Works great served with some fresh green veg, I served mine with some purple sprouting broccoli.