We’ve all heard the term “steak and potatoes,” and many of us dearly love that particular phrase and all that it conjures up. Juicy steak. Creamy potatoes. I know I am helpless in the face of that combo…but then I remembered my love affair with whipped cauliflower, and I started to wonder. Could it be that steak with whipped cauliflower give the old classic steak and potatoes a run for its money? Could it?
It could. I bet you guessed that. If you have yet heard me wax poetic about whipped cauliflower, here goes: it is creamy and buttery and every bit as good as any bowl of mashed potatoes I’ve ever met. And I have met quite a few bowls of mashed potatoes in my day. So I had my creamy, dreamy whipped cauliflower, a strip steak that I had cooked medium rare and sliced, and I was all ready to go. I just felt like it needed one…more…something.
Something like crispy, salt and peppery, cooked in olive oil until they are golden and crispy breadcrumbs.
Sprinkled with abandon over the top of the steak. It sounds like such a little thing, but it’s amazing how something as low-key as bread crumbs can take a recipe from very nice to I-can’t-WAIT-to-make-it-again wonderfulness. They add just a bit of crunch and spice, and you absolutely can’t leave them out.
So the next time you get a craving for meat and potatoes, it actually might be a craving for meat and whipped cauliflower. Give it a try and find out…and don’t forget the breadcrumbs!Print
Meat and potatoes, move over…this recipe for steak with whipped cauliflower and crispy breadcrumbs is in town!
For The Cauliflower
- 1 head cauliflower, leaves and stem removed and cut into 2–3 inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons cream cheese
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Fresh ground pepper
For The Steak And Breadcrumbs
- 2 strip steaks, about 1 inch thick
- 1 slice bread, processed in the food processor into crumbs
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Pinch each of salt and pepper
- Make the whipped cauliflower: Steam cauliflower until tender, about 10-12 minutes. A paring knife should slip into the cauliflower easily.
- Put cauliflower into food processor with butter, cream cheese and salt. Process until completely smooth, about 1 minute.
- Taste and add salt if needed. Cover and set aside while you make the breadcrumbs and cook the steak.
- Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a small skillet over medium high heat and add the breadcrumbs, along with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Stir until crispy and golden. Remove to a small dish.
- Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large heavy skillet. Pat the steaks dry and cook to your liking – 2-3 minutes per side for medium rare. Remove and let them rest for a few minutes before slicing.
- Slice the steaks in strips. Mound some cauliflower on each plate, top with steak strips and sprinkle breadcrumbs on top.