The Sergeant Pepper
Grilled sourdough bread is layered with cauliflower, batter-fried onions, pepper
jack cheese and cheddar cheese.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 head cauliflower, cut into small pieces
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup rice flour
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup cold seltzer water (club soda)
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 2 yellow onions, thinly sliced
- 8 slices sourdough bread
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 4 slices Wisconsin pepper jack cheese
- 4 slices Wisconsin cheddar cheese
- Heat large sauté pan over high heat. Add butter and cauliflower; sauté on high
until brown, stirring so cauliflower doesn’t burn. Season with salt and pepper;
remove to plate lined with paper towels; drain.
- For batter: Whisk together flours, cornstarch, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Whisk in cold seltzer water until smooth. (Water MUST be cold for tempura-type batter.)
Store batter in the refrigerator until ready to fry.
- Heat 3-4 inches vegetable oil to 350 degrees F in fryer or deep pan. Dip onion
slices into the batter to cover and fry until golden brown. Drain on paper-towel-lined
plates and season with salt and pepper.
- Heat grill over medium. Drizzle one side of each slice of bread with a 1/2 tablespoon
olive oil; place 4 slices, oil-side down, on grill (or use panini press). Top each
slice with pepper jack, cauliflower, fried onions, and a slice of cheddar, in that
order. Place remaining 4 bread slices on top of sandwiches, oil-side up.
turning once, until the bread is golden and the cheese is melted.
Recipe and photo credit (used with permission):
Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin