This elegant dish is a vegan riff on the famous Chicken Marbella recipe from The Silver Palate cookbook. In this recipe the cauliflower steaks and chickpeas are roasted to perfection with golden brown crispy edges for a stunning presentation. The classic marbella sauce is thick, sweet, tangy, briny, garlicky, sour and savory all at once. It is poured overtop the entire dish to drown it in its amazing briny-sweet flavor. This sophisticated and gourmet plant-based dish is so satisfying and always a crowd pleaser.
Cauliflower Steak Marbella with Roasted Chickpeas
Cauliflower steak marbella is an elegant entree or side dish that is full of amazing and unexpected flavor. This recipe is inspired by my mother’s chicken marbella which she typically makes for Jewish holidays or special sit down meals. Her recipe comes from The Silver Palate cookbook. I have always been in love with the flavorful marbella sauce but wanted to create a vegan version of the dish. I made this dish with Passover in mind but really it would work for any type of elegant entertaining. It is always a major crowd pleaser. Be prepared, everyone will ask for a copy of the recipe!
The marbella sauce is a completely unexpected combination of ingredients that somehow work so well together to create the perfect sweet, tangy, sour, briny, savory gourmet bite. The thick and chunky sauce gets spooned overtop the golden crusted cauliflower steaks and roasted chickpeas. The dish is then topped with green olives, sweet prunes and the flavorful pan juices from the Marbella saucepan. It is all nestled into the golden brown crusted cauliflower steak crevices so that every bite is delectable.
This dish is hearty enough to be considered a plant-based entree but you could also serve it as a heavy side dish.