Author Notes: Lately, as I been laying in bed trying to sleep I've been pondering ways to use fresh mozzarella in more of a sauce like manner. I thought it might be good with a little anchovy in the background. I used burrata since I thought it might blend a little easier given the cream and curds. I love roasted cauliflower, seasoned simply with a little olive oil and salt but I thought I give it a whirl topped with concoction. Turned out pretty tasty! - melissav —melissav
Food52 Review: Grown-ups love cauliflower smothered in melty, gooey cheese too! Melissav's version is covered in a delicious smooth, creamy cheese sauce made using burrata -- mozzarella stuffed with cream and curds -- and flavored with anchovies and red pepper flakes. The cauliflower slices are a welcome change from florets. - Stephanie
Serves: 3, as a side.
large head cauliflower
ball burrata, about 7-8 oz.
anchovy fillets, rinsed
tablespoons olive oil, divided
pinch red pepper flakes
- Preheat the oven to 450.
- Rinse the cauliflower and remove the leaves and stem. Cut in half through the core. Slice each half into thin slices. Place the slices on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and salt. Toss. Spread out so slices are in one layer
- Roast the cauliflower in the lower third of the over for about 20-25 minutes, until golden and carmelized. I usually flip after 15 minutes
- While the cauliflower is roasting, place a small fry pan over low heat. Add 1 TB olive oil, the cream, the anchovies and red pepper flakes. Let cook from 5 minutes, pressing on the anchovies with the back of a wooden spoon until they dissolve and infuse the cream and oil. Remove from heat and pour into a mini food processor.
- Place the buratta in the processor as well. Add a pinch of salt. Process until blended, it will still be a bit chunky. Taste for seasoning.
- Wipe out the small fry pan and return to low heat. Add 1 TB olive oil and the panko. Cook over low heat until the panko is golden.
- Remove the cauliflower from the oven and turn on the broiler.
- Push all the cauliflower together, so it is all up against each other. Spread the buratta mixture over the cauliflower and sprinkle with the panko.
- Place the pan back in the oven, second rack slot from the top. Broil until the cheese is melted and golden.
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