Food For Thought: Cauliflower Melts

When it comes to satisfying snack or light dinner, the simple deliciousness of toast-plus-topping is always on point. This crave-worthy, comfort-filled melt’s gooey cheese is balanced by the healthy fall flavors of roasted cauliflower, pistachios and raisins, proving that, this season, we can have our toast and eat it too.

for 8 toasts
¼ cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Medium head of cauliflower, cut into ½-inch-thick slabs, possibly halved to make a total of 8 slabs
½ cup golden raisins
¼ cup white wine (optional)
¼ cup shelled pistachios
8 ½-inch-thick slices sourdough bread
4 ounces Comte or Manchego cheese, cut into 8 slices
2 tablespoons chopped parsley, for serving
Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.                                                                                               
In a medium bowl, combine the oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Add the cauliflower slabs and toss to coat.
Arrange the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, flip the slabs and bake another 10 to 20 minutes, until soft and roasted. Set aside to cool but keep the oven on.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, soak the raisins in wine or water for 10 minutes. Drain.
In a small pan over medium-high heat, toast the pistachios, dry or with a little oil. Let cool on a paper towel, then chop coarsely.
Lay the bread on the baking sheet and arrange the cauliflower on the bread, cutting it to fit as needed.
Sprinkle with pistachios and raisins and top with the cheese.
Bake until the cheese melts, 7 to 10 minutes.
Top the toasts with chopped parsley and serve immediately.

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