So….we just had this for dinner tonight and enjoyed it so much I couldn’t wait to share it!! This recipe started as a Cooking Light Best Low-Fat Main Dishes recipe (They called it Baked Italian-Style Cauliflower) and I adapted it to make it dairy free and spice it up a little. Thanks to Cooking Light for the inspiration!
I started by heating my eleven inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat on the stove top. While it was heating, I chopped one large yellow onion and two shallots. Also, peel four cloves of garlic. A tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil goes into the skillet, and once it is warm add the onion and shallot. Saute until they begin to get tender, three to four minutes. Using a garlic press, add in the garlic and saute another minute or so.
While the veggies are sauteing, cut one large head of cauliflower into florets. I used my dutch oven, with a steamer insert to steam the cauliflower until fork tender. About six minutes. We like our veggies on the crisp side. If you like them softer, steam a little longer.
Next add eight ounces of lean ground sirloin into the skillet with the onion, shallots and garlic. This could very easily be made Vegan by just eliminating the sirloin. Season well with fresh ground sea salt, black peppers and crushed red pepper flakes (I deviated from their quarter teaspoon to at least one teaspoon maybe even two). For the first few minutes, leave the beef alone so that it caramalizes nicely. Then stir to crumble. Allow the beef to brown well, ten minutes or so.
Once the beef is browned nicely and seasoned well, add in four ounces of rough chopped kalamata olives and twelve ounces of marinara sauce. I would reduce the sauce to eight ounces if you left out the sirloin. Stir well to combine and turn down the heat. Simmer over medium-low.
In the meantime, preheat the broiler in the oven to high.
By now, the cauliflower should be steamed nicely. Transfer the cauliflower into the skillet and mix carefully to combine well. Make sure that the cauliflower is nicely coated with the sauce mixture.
Sprinkle a half-cup each of panko and nutritional yeast that have been combined over top, and put under the broiler until browned. Keep any eye on it so it doesn’t get overbrowned, approximately four minutes. By this point my house smelled fabulous and I couldn’t wait to eat!!