October 29, 2013

Fried Cauliflower Sandwich (that sandwich from Serious Eats)

Fried Cauliflower Sandwich

Fried Cauliflower Sandwich

Everything about this sandwich is right up my alley. Crispy fried cauliflower, garlicky sauteed kale,  salty-sour peppers, creamy provolone cheese and crispy soft bread. The inspiration comes from a picture of something similar on Serious Eats from a place in Boston called Strip-T's. I never thought of frying cauliflower but, like most fried things, it's real good.

This takes no time to put together and is very tasty. So tasty, I think I want to make it again today. Meaty, tangy, gooey sandwich satisfaction.

Hot dang - I think cauliflower might be the new bacon. Or at least the new kale.

Fried Cauliflower and Greens Sandwich

inspired by this article from Serious Eats

Makes 2 sandwiches

1/2 head of cauliflower
6 tablespoons (approx.) olive oil
2 cups lacinato kale
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons pickled banana peppers, chopped
4 slices provolone cheese
2 ciabatta rolls or similar good crusty white bread

Note: I used cast iron skillet and highly recommend it if you have one. They cost about $12 at your local hardware store. Otherwise choose a very heavy pan so you get a nice crust on the cauliflower. 

1. Trim the cauliflower and cut into 1/4 inch slices (don't worry if they don't stay intact - as long as the have a relatively "flat" side they should brown up nicely). Set aside.

2. Slice kale into thin ribbons and mince garlic. Set aside.

3. Heat oil in a large heavy fry pan over medium-high heat until very hot. The oil should completely coat the pan and come up the sides of the cauliflower slightly. Add cauliflower slices and let sizzle untouched for 4-5 minutes (you may need to adjust heat so they cook long enough to get brown and cook through). Flip and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Remove to plate and sprinkle with a little salt.
Turn off heat then add kale and garlic to pan. Cook in the residual pan heat for a minute or two until wilted and scrape onto a plate.

4. Turn oven broiler on. Split and toast ciabatta rolls. Layer in fried cauliflower, then greens, then peppers. Top with 2 slices of cheese and broil in oven just until melted. Top with other ciabatta half and enjoy.

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