With the Rugby World Cup 2015 in full swing, there’s a lot of braaing going on! Nothing beats a good rump steak, but there are some great veg-based alternatives to ‘steaks’ such as cauliflower and aubergine. We couldn’t resist the look of these Lemon Parmesan Cauliflower steaks – the combination of the acidic lemon and sharp parmesan is simply wonderful. Try this easy recipe from We’ve also picked three wines we’re loving right now that would pair perfectly with this dish.

Lemon Parmesan Cauliflower Steaks
1 large head of cauliflower
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
¼ cup pine nuts
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 lemon
Parsley, for garnish

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Cut the head of cauliflower in half then cut each half once again so that you have four large pieces. You can trim the rounded sides of the two outer pieces if you like. Place them on the prepared baking sheet and drizzle them with the one tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Roast the steaks for 30 minutes then flip them over and roast them for another 15 minutes. They should be nice and dark brown in many spots.
  • Remove the cauliflower from the oven and sprinkle the parmesan cheese, pine nuts and thyme leave evenly over each steak. Squeeze half a lemon over the steaks. Put the cauliflower back in the oven for 5 minutes, or until the parmesan has melted and the pine nuts are toasted.
  • Serve the cauliflower with the remaining lemon squeezed over the top, a drizzle of olive oil and a little parsley for garnish.

 Drink This With That

Arendsig Shiraz 2013
Winemaker Lourens van der Westhuizen’s passion shines through in this luscious Shiraz. Spicy with rich cherry flavours, it has a lovely smooth aftertaste.

Edgebaston Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Edgebaston wines are made by David Finlayson on the Finlayson family vineyards in Stellenbosch. The Estate has scooped numerous awards for their Sauvignon Blanc – and the new vintage doesn’t disappoint!

 Saxenburg Private Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2014 
This wine from the Estate’s Private Collection is just what you want from a Sauvignon Blanc – fruity, figgy, grassy, tropical and with a fine flowery flavour. The wine has exceptional balance and a fresh, elegant character.

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