This post is in collaboration with Keller’s Creamery. All opinions expressed this post are my own.
Serve these Cauliflower Steaks with Herbed Butter and Pepitas for Thanksgiving this year.
What are your plans this Thanksgiving? We are hosting dinner at our house and I always try to offer dishes that appeal to vegetarians and those who prefer a variety of sides in addition to the traditional ham and turkey. Because I was a vegetarian for nearly eight years I know that those who eat plant-based diets want dishes that have substance and feel like a main dish. Cauliflower steaks are a wonderful option for vegetarians and are delicious as a side for everyone, including meat eaters. Today, I’ve partnered with Keller’s Creamery to bring you Cauliflower Steaks with Herbed Butter and Pepitas.
When I want to bring a level of elegance to my dinner table I always include Keller’s Creamery butter and their butter sculptures. Founded in 1906, Keller’s Creamery is Philadelphia’s engrained, local butter brand and has become a longstanding Philadelphia family tradition. With a wholesome, creamy fresh flavor that has been passed down for generations, Keller’s Creamery has been making good things better for more than 100 years. It’s the butter I grew up with, and it’s the butter I reach for now that I have a family my own.
One of the things I look forward to most each year are the butter sculptures. My children squeal with delight when they see a bunny, turkey or Christmas tree butter sculptures on our table. I recently picked up a turkey sculpture to add the perfect seasonal look and flavor to my Thanksgiving tables cape. You can find them in stores now, I was able to find mine at ShopRite (take advantage of this coupon before you go shopping). You shouldn’t have a hard time finding Keller’s Creamery, their varieties of creamy-fresh butter can be found at all major grocers in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. As soon as Thanksgiving is over my family and I will be on lookout for the Christmas tree sculptures when they come out in December.
To begin the Cauliflower Steaks with Herbed Butter and Pepitas I grabbed a huge head of cauliflower from my local grocery store. Cauliflower is most in season in the Philadelphia area from early October to late November.
In addition to cauliflower steaks, you can also use seasonal cauliflower to make mashed cauliflower for your Thanksgiving table. Thanksgiving dishes simply wouldn’t have the same great flavor without the smooth, creamy taste of Keller’s Creamery butter; it adds the perfect flavor to my Cauliflower Steaks with Herbed Butter and Pepitas.
To prepare the cauliflower as steaks you have to cut off the cauliflower stems, then place the heads cut-side down and slice into 1/2-inch-thick steaks. I then added Keller’s Creamery butter to a heavy pan and seared the steaks on both sides.
Once seared, I removed the steaks from pan and placed them to the side while I prepared the herbed butter and pepitas. I melted unsalted Keller’s Creamery butter in my skillet over medium heat to create a rich and buttery sauce. I love cooking with Keller’s Creamery butter because of the variety of butter options available such as Keller’s Salted, Keller’s Unsalted and Keller’s Sculptures. I love that their butter varieties contain no artificial ingredients or added hormones, perfect for melting into a sauce, stirring into a batter or spreading on your toast.
After the butter was beautifully melted I added pumpkin seeds to the pan, brought it to a simmer, and cooked it until the pumpkin seeds were toasted and the butter was browned. I then removed the butter and pepitas from the heat and added the cauliflower steaks back to the pan and topped them with chopped parsley and seasoned with salt and pepper.
Thanksgiving Fun Facts from Philly
- 1 large head of cauliflower
- Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
- 4-6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- 1/2 cup raw shelled pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, plus leaves with tender stems for serving
- Trim cauliflower stalk and place head stalk side down on a cutting board. Slice cauliflower lengthwise into 1/2" slices. Arrange cauliflower slices and any stray pieces in a heavy pan. Heat butter over medium heat and sear cauliflower steaks on both sides.
- Remove cauliflower steaks from pan and set aside. Melt additional butter over medium heat. Add pumpkin seeds, bring to a simmer, and cook, swirling pan occasionally, until pumpkin seeds are toasted and butter is melted. Remove from heat and re-add steaks to pan. Add chopped parsley and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle steaks with melted butter from pan.
What are you looking forward to serving most this Thanksgiving? As much as I love turkey and ham, the true Thanksgiving star for me are the sides, vegetables and dinner rolls – all with the perfect amount of delicious, Keller’s Creamery butter.
To learn more about Keller’s Creamery, its Philadelphia heritage and find chef-inspired recipes for your next holiday or special occasion, visit http://www.kellerscreamery.com/.