Baked Chicken-Fried Cauliflower Steaks

I was underwhelmed with this recipe. It’s pretty easy to prepare, but it didn’t wow me. Meh.

rating: 7

Baked Chicken-Fried Cauliflower Steaks
(Everyday with Rachael Ray, Dec. 2016)

serves 4
time needed: 40 min.

Ingredients:

2 medium heads cauliflower (about 3 lbs. total)
3 eggs
1/4 cup milk
2 cups panko
1 cup finely grated Parmesan
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees .

Trim the stem end of the cauliflower (do not core) and remove any leaves. Stand one cauliflower head, core side down, on a work surface; cut from top to bottom into 1-inch-thick planks. Halve each plank lengthwise through the core. Repeat with the remaining cauliflower. Reserve any cauliflower pieces that have broken away for another use.

In a baking dish, beat the eggs and milk; season. In another baking dish, mix the panko, cheese, paprika, 3/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper.

Dip each cauliflower piece into the egg mixture, then coat with the panko mixture, pressing to adhere. Transfer to a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet.

Bake until the coating is golden and the cauliflower is tender when pierced with a fork, 25 to 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook until golden, about 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the stock. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the gravy thickens, about 15 minutes; season. Serve the cauliflower steaks with the gravy.

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