Roasted Cauliflower, Ham and Brie Grilled Cheese

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For the second year in a row, #SundaySupper and Gallo Family Vineyards are here to celebrate the best month ever – National Grilled Cheese Month! Wine and cheese is a natural pairing, so wine and grilled cheese makes perfect sense, don’t you think? Even moreso when you pair unique and creative ingredients right in your grilled cheese sandwich, like this rich and creamy Roasted Cauliflower, Ham and Brie Grilled Cheese.

Roasted Cauliflower, Ham and Brie Grilled Cheese

Roasted Cauliflower, Ham and Brie Grilled Cheese - an unexpected and incredible flavor combination with rich, melty Brie cheese. | cupcakesandkalechips.com

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

I think grilled cheese is one of those foods that just evokes memories for everyone. When my mom made me grilled cheese, it was usually those individually wrapped slices of American cheese on your basic white bread. She buttered the outside of the bread and melted butter in the pan, and while the sandwich was golden brown, it was kind of, well, squishy. But as a kid, I loved it! For lunch on Saturday, after a morning of cartoons and helping her dust, that was my payoff. Between all the butter, the super soft bread and that, well, let’s be honest, rubbery cheese, her grilled cheese was just one big, gooey mess of a sandwich – ahhhh, comfort!

Her grilled cheese was a stark contrast to the one I used to order at that famous chain restaurant that is really more known for its ice cream than its meals. The bread was thicker and firmer, and the cheese seemed to resolidify by the time it got to the table, so overall it was much drier, but strangely, I loved that one as well. Or maybe I loved the ice cream sundae I got afterwards as long as I finished my dinner.

My dad’s was somewhere in the middle – crispier than mom’s, but not as dry as the restaurant one. He used butter in the pan but mayo on the bread, and I seem to recall that while he also used American cheese, it was the kind sliced at the deli counter. I don’t remember the details, to be honest, because the shining star of his grilled cheese meals was the French Onion Soup that he made with it. So much cheesy, carby goodness!

These days, I make grilled cheese my way, or as I like to say, “fancy pants”. You know, something like this…

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When I had the idea for this Roasted Cauliflower, Ham & Brie Grilled Cheese in my head, I actually wasn’t sure the combination was going to work. But it only took one bite to convince me that this was truly a winner. Brie is so smooth and creamy, so it’s nice to add something with a little bit of texture, like the cauliflower. I just used some leftovers of my Basic Roasted Cauliflower. I’m sure you could just use steamed cauliflower, but the caramelized, earthy flavor from the roasty toasty bits just tastes so fabulous with the rich flavor of the Brie. And while I liked the little bit of sweet and salty from the ham, it would still be fabulous as a vegetarian sammie.

I don’t like my grilled cheese sandwiches too greasy, so I put a thin layer of butter on the bread and use olive oil in the pan. This way you get the buttery flavor and golden brown color, but the bread still stays crisp. And for me, I swap the whole wheat bread that I use for the family for a couple of gluten free slices. I also use a low heat and cover the pan so that it gets all melty good on the inside without overcooking the outside.

I have to say, it’s really a tough call whether this tops my grilled cheese from last year’s event – the Kentucky Hot Brown Grilled Cheese! Maybe you should try both and let me know what you think 😉

Roasted Cauliflower, Ham and Brie Grilled Cheese - an unexpected and incredible flavor combination with rich, melty Brie cheese. | cupcakesandkalechips.com

Since this is grown-up grilled cheese, it definitely needs a wine pairing, am I right? This time I went with my favorite Gallo Family wine, their Riesling. This light-bodied wine was a perfect balance to the buttery, indulgent Brie, and the crisp, sweet flavor paired so nicely with the roasted cauliflower and the toasted bread. And while I chose to enjoy my grilled cheese with a white wine this time, should you prefer a red, it would be equally delicious paired with the other wine I selected, the Gallo Family Pinot Noir. The earthy flavors and fruity aromas would enhance the roasted cauliflower, and the smooth finish is certainly a complement to the smoothness of the melty Brie.

Roasted Cauliflower, Ham and Brie Grilled Cheese - an unexpected and incredible flavor combination with rich, melty Brie cheese. | cupcakesandkalechips.com

Whether classic or creative, traditional or modern, grilled cheese is timeless. So it calls for pairing it with timeless wines, like those from the Gallo Family. Not only do we have some amazing recipes for you this week, but you can also check out these 20 Grilled Cheese Recipes to pair with your favorite wines of Gallo Family Vineyards. Be sure to connect with Gallo Family on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube, and check out the store locator to find their wines near you! 

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5 from 1 vote

Roasted Cauliflower, Ham and Brie Grilled Cheese

An unexpected and incredible flavor combination with rich, melty Brie cheese. A grown up grilled cheese sandwich!
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 8 mins
Total: 13 mins
Servings: 1 sandwich

Ingredients

For each sandwich (multiply by how many sandwiches you want to make):

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 oz Brie cheese rind removed
  • 1/4 cup Roasted Cauliflower
  • 2 slices deli ham
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread or your favorite kind of sandwich bread
  • 2 tsp olive oil for the pan. divided if you are cooking the sandwiches in batches and not all at once in one large pan.

Instructions

  • Spread the outside of each slice of bread with butter.
  • Layer about half of the Brie on one slice of bread, then top with the ham, cauliflower, and the rest of the Brie.
  • Top with another slice of buttered bread, butter side down.
  • Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium-low heat.
  • Cook the sandwiches for 3-4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and the cheese has melted. Covering the pan with a lid during cooking will help the cheese to melt.
Nutrition Facts
Roasted Cauliflower, Ham and Brie Grilled Cheese
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 650 Calories from Fat 423
% Daily Value*
Fat 47g72%
Saturated Fat 22g110%
Cholesterol 121mg40%
Sodium 1353mg56%
Potassium 465mg13%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 685IU14%
Vitamin C 12.9mg16%
Calcium 164mg16%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here are a few of my favorite grilled cheese sandwiches from the past…

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Plus all of this week’s #SundaySupper Sammies paired with Gallo Family wines…

Roasted Cauliflower, Ham and Brie Grilled Cheese - an unexpected and incredible flavor combination with rich, melty Brie cheese. | cupcakesandkalechips.com
Roasted Cauliflower, Ham and Brie Grilled Cheese - an unexpected and incredible flavor combination with rich, melty Brie cheese. | cupcakesandkalechips.com

26 Comments
  1. Mouthwatering! This is how I would describe this dish of yours. From the ham to the cauliflower to the grilled cheese. Your grilled cheese is so dreamy. Very magnificent dish!

  2. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty

    Aaaand, pinned! I have GOT to make this with the last of our current cauliflower, I can’t wait for the next shopping trip!

  3. What a combo with the cauli! I still do butter the pan and my bread because I have burned many a sandwich without, but I like the idea of olive oil – I’ll need to try that next time!

  4. Brianne you are the cauliflower queen! I just love all your cauliflower recipes (since I’m a big fan of cauliflower) and this one is happening next time I roast cauliflower. Or maybe an excuse to roast cauliflower. Yep.

  5. Linda | Brunch with Joy

    Oh myyyy…this grilled cheese with french onion soup sounds so dreamy! Those are two of my favorite things and adding Riesling makes this grilled cheese even more awesome!

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