Vegan! Vegetarian! Healthy!
Those are the words Jay uses when I ask him what he wants for dinner. He isn't any of those things per se, but he likes to pretend, and I get it. We can all do better. So I make him dinners like this and then top mine with butter + cheese. It works for everyone!
This is an imitation of a cauliflower steak that used to be on the menu at Yardhouse, which we frequent because it has all.the.beers on tap and is in a relatively central location to our jobs/house and has a good happy hour. The recipe I have in my head was super tender and smoky and definitely had a meaty taste even though the "meat" here is cauliflower. I'm a big fan of liquid smoke for that reason; there's just something about burnt edges from grilled meat that is really hard to replicate.