Roasted Cauliflower Panini with Sriracha-Tomato Chutney-Mayo

I know in my heart that I was born to spend my life on a tropical island, but until Chris and I become millionaires and can hop on our private jet to the Caribbean, I must endure the winter.

I like sweaters and slippers, and of course all those cute boots, but the best thing about winter is all of the comfort a melty sandwich. (Try this ooey, gooey one filled with roasted veggies that would satisfy even the pickiest of carnivores.) Yum!
Roasted Cauliflower Panini with Sriracha-Tomato Chutney Mayo
1 large head cauliflower, cored and thinly sliced
1 large eggplant, sliced
4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
Olive oil
Kosher salt
2-3 small poblano peppers
1 bunch mustard greens, stems removed and leaves chopped
2 oz bacon, diced
4 oz aged cheddar
1/4 cup mayo
2 tsp sriracha
1 TBS tomato chutney
Sliced homemade or thick-sliced bread
Salted butter

Minimal MESS/ingredients/clean-up: Category 2

To Do:
  • In a 400 degree oven, roast the sliced cauliflower and eggplant with a couple garlic cloves, a few pinches of salt and a heavy drizzle of olive oil in separate pans until the eggplant is creamy and the cauliflower is crispy.
  • Carefully hold each of the poblano peppers over an open flame until charred, then let them cool. When cool, peel off the skins, discard the stem and seeds, and cut the peppers into thin slices. Alternatively, roast in the oven until the skins burst, then peel off the stems and follow the steps from there.
  • Sauté the mustard greens with the bacon in a hot pan on the stove until they are wilted.
  • Thinly slice the cheese. (I used a gorgeous 6-month cheddar from Shelburne Farms.)
  • In a bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sriracha and chutney until blended.
  •  Now, build your sandwich. (Recipe should make enough for two large sandwiches plus some leftovers.)
    • Take two slices of bread and spread both pieces with the butter, then turn over and spread the mayo mixture on both. 
    • On one slice, add the eggplant, cauliflower, and peppers. On the other, the cheese and then the greens.
    • Smoosh together, then place on a hot griddle or panini press, butter side down. 
    • Repeat these steps for the second sandwich.
  • Cover the sandwiches with a lid if using a pan or the top of the panini press and toast until both the top and bottom pieces are golden brown and the cheese has melted.
  • Devour.
And that my friends, is how you survive the winter.