Spiced Cauliflower Steaks with Herb-infused Pesto Sauce

Spiced Cauliflower Steaks with Herb-infused Pesto Sauce

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Spiced Cauliflower Steaks with Herb-infused Pesto Sauce: Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of flavors as robust spices transform cauliflower into golden perfection. The air fryer adds a crispy touch, sealing in the savory goodness. Crowned with a vibrant basil and Parmesan-laden pesto, each bite is a symphony of textures and tastes, a celebration of health and indulgence.
Ingredients:

For the Cauliflower Steak:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh herbs for garnish (e.g., parsley or cilantro)

For the Pesto Sauce or Store-bought pesto:

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts or walnuts, toasted
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)

Instructions:

Cauliflower Steak in the Air Fryer:

Preheat the Air Fryer:

  • Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C).

Prepare the Cauliflower:

  • Remove the leaves from the cauliflower and trim the stem so that it sits flat. Slice the cauliflower into 1-inch thick "steaks."

Spice and Herb Mix:

  • In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, smoked paprika, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper.

Coat the Cauliflower:

  • Brush both sides of each cauliflower steak with the spice and herb mix, ensuring they are well coated.

Air Fry:

  • Place the cauliflower steaks in the EaZy MealZ Air Fry Crisper Basket in a single layer. Air fry for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until the cauliflower is golden and tender.

Pesto Sauce:

Prepare the Pesto:

  • In a food processor, combine the basil, Parmesan cheese, toasted pine nuts or walnuts, and minced garlic.

Blend:

  • Pulse the ingredients while slowly drizzling in the olive oil until you achieve a smooth consistency. If desired, add lemon juice for a citrusy kick. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Assembly:

Serve:

  • Place the air-fried cauliflower steaks on a serving plate. Spoon the pesto sauce generously over each steak.

Garnish:

  • Garnish with fresh herbs such as parsley or cilantro. Serve immediately and relish the delightful combination of spiced cauliflower and vibrant pesto sauce.

This Air Fryer Cauliflower Steak with Spices and Herbs is a quick, easy, and healthier alternative to the oven-roasted version, maintaining the robust flavors and satisfying textures of the original version.

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