No seriously, this is one of the greatest sandwiches I've made in recent memory. It is SO EASY and so quick and so delicious. I don't know what lacinato kale is, so I just used regular kale. I ran out of nice bread so I've used sub rolls and sliced white bread in place. I don't bother broiling it anymore because I just toast the bread and let the cheese melt on it afterward (pure laziness). It's always delicious. It makes me so happy. Every component adds to the amazingness so don't cut anything out. I love this so much.
Fried Cauliflower Sandwich
1/2 head cauliflower
2 cups lacinato kale (or similar)
2 cloves garlic
6 tablespoons olive oil
Salt, to taste
2 ciabatta rolls (or similar good, crusty white bread)
2 tablespoons pickled banana pepper rings
4 slices provolone cheese
Trim the cauliflower, leaving the core intact, and cut into 1/4-inch slices (don't worry if they don't stay perfectly intact -- as long as the have a relatively "flat" side they should brown up nicely). Set aside.
Slice the kale into thin ribbons and peel and mince the garlic. Set aside.
Pour enough oil in a heavy fry pan so that it completely coats the pan's bottom and will slightly edge up the sides of the cauliflower pieces when you add them. Heat the oil over medium-high heat. When it's very hot, add the cauliflower slices and let them sizzle, untouched, for 4 to 5 minutes (you may need to adjust heat so that they cook long enough to get brown and cook through). Flip the slices and cook them for another 3 to 4 minutes. Remove to a plate and sprinkle with a little salt.
Turn off the heat and add the kale and garlic to pan. Cook in the residual pan heat for a minute or two until the greens are wilted, then scrape onto a plate.
Turn the oven broiler on. Split and toast the ciabatta rolls. Take the two bottom halves and layer on the fried cauliflower slices, then the greens, and lastly, the peppers. Top with 2 slices of cheese and broil in oven just until melted. Top with the other ciabatta halves and enjoy.
Yield: 2 sandwiches