If you are looking for something filling, juicy and a bit greasy to fill your sandwiches, look no further than cauliflower ‘steaks.’ But don’t worry, this delicious plant-based version of the traditional meat steaks doesn’t look or taste at all like animal meat. First we grilled the ‘steaks’ — or slabs if you prefer — with a sauce until golden brown and crisp and while they cooked, made a Mexican-style creamy guacamole to go with it. When the cauliflower and hot green dip were both ready, we opened wide a roll of warm brown bread and filled the sandwich with added fresh lettuce leaves and red hot chili sauce, for an extra kick. This mouth-watering recipe works wonders as a picnic treat or if you are too busy at work one day, you can have them right at your desk. Viva México!

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1. Gather the ingredients

For cauliflower ‘steaks’:

  • 1 medium cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tsp of ground cumin
  • ½ tsp of chili pepper flakes
  • a pinch of salt

For the guacamole:

  • 2 avocados
  • ¼ cup of cilantro
  • 3 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 tomato
  • ½ red onion
  • 1 red hot chili pepper
  • 1 garlic clove
  • a pinch of salt

For serving:

  • brown sandwich rolls
  • a few leaves of lettuce
  • hot sauce

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2. Cut the cauliflower

Wash, rinse, remove the outer leaves from cauliflower and trim the stem. Cut it into 1-inch thick slabs starting at the center, as well as any florets that break off in the process. Grill on a medium-high heat (400 °F) for about 5 minutes on each side.

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3. Make the sauce

While they cook, place extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, a chopped garlic clove, cumin, chili pepper flakes and marine salt to taste in a bowl and stir.

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4. Grill again

Coat the cauliflower pieces with the sauce and grill again for about 2 minutes on each side.

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5. Mash the avocado

While the cauliflower roasts, make the guacamole by first mashing the avocado with a fork or potato masher.

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6. Make the guacamole

In a large bowl, mix the mashed avocado, cilantro, lemon juice, diced tomato, chopped onion, sliced jalapeño and marine salt. Mix well.

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7. Make the sandwiches

Slice the rolls and stuff with the guacamole, cauliflower ‘steaks,’lettuce and hot sauce to taste.

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