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I’ve been a fan of Ina Garten for as long as I can remember. Every single recipe I make of hers is delicious! And while some of them (like her chocolate cake) are super popular and well-known, others remain sleeper hits — and these under-the-radar recipes are some of my favorites. Case in point? The cauliflower toast from Ina’s cookbook Cook Like a Pro.
The first time I made this recipe I was blown away. I stumbled across it online and was immediately hooked. I’ve made it over and over again, and I never get sick of it. It has since become my go-to Ina recipe. Sure, it’s not as flashy as a chocolate cake, but it’s seriously good, and I think everyone should know about it.
Get the recipe: Ina Garten’s Cauliflower Toast
What Makes This Toast So Good?
I know the concept of a “cauliflower toast” might not sound too exciting, but hear me out! There’s something magical about the way Ina has constructed this recipe that makes it more than the sum of its parts. Let me explain.
You’ll start by roasting cauliflower with nothing more than salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and olive oil. After it cools slightly, toss it with grated Gruyère, mascarpone, prosciutto, salt, pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg. The mascarpone binds everything together into a savory mixture that I would happily eat with a spoon. Then, pile the mixture on top of thick slices of toast, dust it with paprika, and broil until melted and browned. Right before serving, grate a final flourish of Parmesan on top and sprinkle the toasts with fresh chives.
These toasts are everything I could want from a weekday lunch. They’re simple and hearty, but not too heavy. The roasted cauliflower and cheese meld together, with bites of salty prosciutto breaking through. I like to make a double batch of the topping and stash it in my freezer so all I have to do is quickly throw it together. For anyone working from home, I would 100% recommend this recipe.
If You Make Ina Garten’s Cauliflower Toast, a Few Tips
Before you head into the kitchen to make this toast, keep these tips in mind.