Roasted Cauliflower with Cheese

Toasted sourdough and cheesy roasted cauliflower topped with fresh herbs and seasonings make the perfect breakfast or light dinner or snack.

baked cheesy cauliflower on an antique transfer ware plate

What is roasted cauliflower with cheese?

Back in 2018, Ina Garten created a cauliflower toast with Gruyère and prosciutto that looked incredible but with all the ingredients, probably cost $20 per piece to make. I wanted to remake her roasted cauliflower with toast, but try something that could be thrown together in about 30-45 minutes and be perfect for a small cocktail party or a light supper. This toast takes the cake.

several slices of sourdough bread on a cutting board

How to make:

Toast slices of a very good sourdough, rubbed with garlic cloves and olive oil, in the oven until golden brown. Mound a pile of herb dotted cheeses on top of the sourdough and top with seasoned roasted cauliflower florets. Pop the toast back into the oven until bubbly for a cheesy cauliflower toast like nothing you’ve ever tasted.

Pour me a glass of wine and call it done. Serve as a light supper with fresh greens and a vinaigrette or as a party appetizer.

slices of sourdough bread on a cutting board next to a small glass bowl of olive oil

Ingredients in roasted cauliflower with cheese:

  • One head of cauliflower
  • loaf of high quality sourdough
  • Olive oil
  • fresh herbs- dill, flat leaf parsley
  • green onions
  • garlic
  • garlic salt, kosher salt, red pepper flakes
  • Asiago Cheese
  • Mascarpone cheese
ingredients for this roasted cauliflower with cheese recipe like grated cheese, bread and fresh herbs

How to serve this roasted cauliflower toast:

  1. Slice the toasts into quarters and serve as an appetizer at your next cocktail party.
  2. Enjoy the roasted cauliflower with a light green salad for a simple summer supper.
  3. Pop a poached or over easy egg on top and create a fantastic breakfast toast.
  4. Place jumbo shrimp, sliced in half, on the toasts for a hearty seafood dinner.
  5. Serve with a glass of crisp wine white for an afternoon snack.
  6. Add prosciutto to the toast for heartier snack.
sliced of toasted sourdough topped with cheesy cauliflower

If you like this roasted cauliflower with cheese recipe, try these dishes:

sliced of toasted sourdough topped with cheesy cauliflower

Equipment needed for this recipe:

  • rimmed baking sheet
  • parchment paper- buy my favorite HERE
  • large serrated knife
  • box grater
sliced of toasted sourdough topped with cheesy cauliflower on a brown transfer ware antique plate

Pro-tips for this recipe:

  • Use bakery quality sourdough. Grocery store brands or thinly sliced bread are not what you need for this hearty recipe.
  • Don’t like Gruyère or mascarpone cheese? Substitute cheese like mozzarella and ricotta, or tangy feta or even aged English Cheddar and brie.
  • Cut the bread in thick slices so it can hold the weight of the cauliflower and cheese mixture.
  • Use only fresh garlic, slice the cloves in half and rub the cut side all over the bread- especially the edges.
  • Frozen cauliflower will sog out and not work in the recipe.
  • Not sure where to find the best quality sourdough? Try your local farmer’s market, small bake shops or grocery stores like Met Market, or order online through companies like GoldBelly.
  • In Montana, I recommend, Fleur Bake shop or Ceres Bakery.
  • In the Orlando area, the best sourdough can be found at Sourdough Bread House.
  • Seattle area- SeaWolf Bakers, Tall Grass Bakery, Macrina Bakery

Roasted Cauliflower with Cheese

Recipe by Meggen Arthur Wilson Course: Breads, MOST POPULAR RECIPES, Mother’s Day Brunch Menu IdeasCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: moderate
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Calories

450

kcal

Looking for a flavorful and unique recipe? Try roasted cauliflower with cheese toast. Perfect for a small cocktail party or a light supper.

Ingredients

  • 6 slices hearty bread such as Sourdough

  • 6 TBSP olive oil, divided

  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled, sliced in half

  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese, room temperature

  • 5 oz asiago cheese, shredded, reserve 2 TBSP

  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes, divided

  • 1 tsp garlic salt

  • 1 tsp kosher salt, divided

  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped

  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped

  • 4 green onions, sliced very thin

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, washed and sliced into florets.

  • dill and parsely for garnish

Directions

  • Pre heat oven to 425 degrees. On a large rimmed sheet pan, place the bread slices. Rub the bread with sliced garlic halves on the surface of the bread releasing the oils. Brush the bread with a bit of olive oil.
  • Bake at 425 until golden around the edges- about 3-5 minutes. Do not overcook. Set aside.
  • On a separate sheet pan lined with parchment, place the bite size cauliflower florets. Drizzle with 2 TBSP of olive oil. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes over the cauliflower. Toss well to coat. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes until the edges begin to brown. Set aside to cool.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the mascarpone, asiago cheese, green onions, herbs, and remaining salt, garlic salt and red pepper flakes. Mound several TBSP of the cheese mixture on each piece of toast. Top with the roasted cauliflower, reserved asiago cheese and drizzle with remaining 1-2 TBSP of olive oil.
  • Bake at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes until browned and the cheese is bubbling.
  • Top with fresh herbs to garnish. Slice in half and serve immediately.

I have to give much of the credit to the incredible sour dough bread from Fleur bakery here in Whitefish. They have the most beautiful breads, custom cakes, flakey croissants and french pastries. Be certain to visit them when visiting Montana. You need a really high quality crusty bread from a bakery- not a grocery store loaf in a plastic bag.

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3 Comments

  1. Michael Moffitt says:

    Oh, wow. This both sounds and looks delicious. I am definitely going to try this as soon as we can pick up some cauliflower!!!!

  2. Yummy! I love cheese and cauliflower, and I’ll make these toasts tomorrow. Thank you for recipe!