Cauliflower Grilled Cheese!
Updated: Feb 3, 2021
So I just love cheese. Any which way you slice it! Plain, melted, with wine, on my pasta... or any other way you can think of. But in the end, when you have a piece of bread with melted cheese... it is truly heaven!
Here I am going to share with you a quick little recipe to make a grilled cheese WITHOUT Bread!
What??? You think I'm crazy? You are going to go crazy too after you try this sandwich!
These are good both hot and cold...yes... even after the cheese isn't gooey anymore! AND the "bread" doesn't get soggy!
So I urge you to try these once...even twice! You won't be sorry!
Cauliflower (or broccoli) Grilled Cheese!
Here are the ingredients...
One head of Cauliflower or equivalent amount of Broccoli (even Romanesco Cauliflower is good!)
Garlic- 2-3 cloves or to taste
Grated Romano or Parmigiano (or any other hard grated cheese) 1/2-3/4 cup
Spices of your choice- ie- chopped fresh parsley or basil, tiny pinch of oregano, thyme or rosemary... whatever you like!
Cheese of your choice to melt in the sandwich- Mozzarella, Provolone, Fontina and even the little "Laughing Cow" creamy triangles...(so good!)
Salt and Pepper to taste (not too much salt -remember you have the salty grated cheese!)
Here's what to do...
Break of the Cauliflower or Broccoli into a food processor and pulse till it's consistency of rice and pour into a large bowl, mix in 2-3 eggs(start with 2 If you think it looks too dry, add an egg--amount of egg depends on amount of vegetable + size of eggs. Don't worry, you really can't overdo it!), 1/2 - 3/4 cup of Grated cheese, minced or crushed garlic and your herbs/spices of choice.
(I usually use fresh chopped parsley and a tiny pinch of fresh wild oregano that I bring home from Italy!)
Once this is all mixed, coat the bottom of a heated fry pan with a little olive oil. Drop a large spoonful of the mixture onto the pan.
Using your spatula, flatten the mixture and either leave in round circles or use the flat spatula to square off the shape while in the pan to resemble a slice of bread. Either way, try to make your two "pieces" close in size. Wait until a nice golden/medium brown color before turning over.
Once turned over, place your cheese of choice onto one "slice". Top the cheese with the other "slice" -dark side onto the cheese... then you can turn over and cook til both sides are golden and cheese is melted.
These make a great breakfast, snack, side dish or even second course. They taste great with a little glass of wine too! AND-You could even make smaller ones to use as appetizers! .. don't make them into sandwiches, just make little discs and top with a little bit of sliced or shredded cheese. Tadaaaaa! So many options!
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Photo- Made with Romanesco Cauliflower -that's why there's a little light green color showing through! and I used Mozzarella and Fontina cheeses on this particular batch!
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