Cauliflower Melt

"Roasted cauliflower, pears and gooey cheese make this the world's greatest veggie sandwich."

Total Time:
1 hr
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • For the cauliflower:
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • For the honey mustard:
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • For the sandwich build:
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 8 ounces butterkase or gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 2 pears, thinly sliced
Directions
  • Roast the cauliflower: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Cut off the cauliflower stem, then place the head cut-side down and slice into 1/2-inch-thick steaks. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, mustard powder, paprika and some salt and pepper. Brush the cauliflower steaks with the spiced oil. Place them flat on a baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes. Carefully flip the cauliflower, return to the oven and roast until golden, another 10 to 12 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, make the honey mustard: In a small bowl, mix together the yellow mustard, stone-ground mustard and honey. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  • For the sandwich build: Melt 2 tablespoons butter on a griddle over medium-low heat. Spread some honey mustard on 4 pieces of bread; top each with some cheese, roasted cauliflower, sliced pears, more cheese and another piece of bread. Place 2 sandwiches on the griddle and cover with a metal bowl. Cook until golden and crisp on the outside and gooey in the middle, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter to the griddle and repeat with the remaining sandwiches. Serve with the remaining honey mustard.

  • Photograph by Con Poulos


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