For the second installment of sauce month, and in honor of Father's Day, I'm vegan-izing my great grandmother's easy steak sauce recipe. According to my mom, my great grandfather grilled steaks every Friday night, and my gran would whip up this sauce. This recipe is over 70 years old!
I know, I know...."Eliza, why are you posting about steak on a vegan food blog?!?!" Well, because steak sauce isn't just for steak.
It's funny how certain flavors stick with you. This sauce is one of the few things that my parents consistently made growing up. In fact, they still make it today! On the occasional evening my dad was off from work, he'd grill steaks. When I think about having dinner with my dad, these are the flavors that come to mind. It tastes like home to me.
So, what the heck do I put the sauce on then? Well, everything. The best thing about steak sauce is that it enhances everything on your plate. As a kid, I wasn't a big fan of veggies, but loved ketchup. Since this sauce is pretty tomato-ey, I'd put it on my broccoli, asparagus and baked potato. YUM.
If you REALLY want to get creative, I included my take on a cauliflower steak. Even if it doesn't look much like a "steak" (mine certainly didn't on the first try), cauliflower is cauliflower! Grill, sauté or roast until slightly brown, and dig in!
Offer to make this for your next family cookout. Even if your family eats meat (mine certainly does), this sauce is great on steaks, and you can enjoy on veggies. It's a win-win!
Check out the rest of sauce month!
- Week 1: Vegan Pesto Pasta Primavera
- Week 3: Coming soon!
- Week 4: Coming soon!
This is my great-gran's original recipe.
- 1 stick vegan butter (8 T) (I like Miyokos)
- 1 T horseradish
- 6 T Worcestershire sauce
- 6-8 T ketchup
- little lemon juice
- little Tabasco sauce
- 2 heads cauliflower
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
For the steak sauce:
- Melt butter over medium heat in a small saucepan. Add horseradish adn Worcestershire sauce and cook until it thickens, about 10 mins.
- Then, stir in ketchupk, lemon juist, and Tabasco sauce and cook over low heat.
- Cover the top - it will pop!
- Delicious as a marinade while grilling.
For the cauliflower steaks (each cauliflower usually yields 2 good steaks, plus extra cauliflower for sautéing etc.)
- Preheat oven to 450 F.
- Prepare cauliflower - remove most of the big leaves but DO NOT remove the base of the stem yet. There will still be a few leaves - that's ok. Place cauliflower head right side up (like a tree) and slide through the middle. ½ - 1 in to each side of your first cut, make another slice. These should be your two main steaks. Remove the stem and remaining leaves. You can still roast/sauté the rest of the cauliflower if it doesn't stay together.
- Sprinkle cauliflower with salt and pepper, and rub on some olive oil. Roast for 20-30 mins on each side, or until soft (pierce with a fork to test)
- Heat olive oil in a nonstick pan. When hot, place cauliflower steak in the pan (like you would an actual steak), and let cook for 3-5 mins on each side, or until it starts to brown.
- Top with steak sauce, and enjoy!