Cauliflower Chowder and Grilled Panini

Just when I thought we were getting a “warm up” in temperature, meaning 30 degrees, old man winter is back at it again. Can you guess what i made for dinner tonight? Yep, you got it: soup. Not just any kind of soup, though, one that is warm, comforting and filled with all of the veggie goodness you’d want. Bet you’d never guess it was made from cauliflower if I didn’t tell you! I’m a sneaky one. It resembles a hearty potato soup!

But, that’s not the end of it. Compliment this bowl of soup with a grilled panini to make your meal complete!
Cauliflower Chowder paired with a Chicken, Avocado, Smoked Provolone and Bacon Grilled Panini, from my kitchen to yours.
For the Cauliflower Chowder:

(adapted from Damn Delicious)

  • 2 slices turkey bacon, cooked crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2 cup shredded carrots
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the Grilled Chicken, Avocado, Smoked Provolone and Bacon Panini (makes 2 paninis):

  • 2 pieces whole grain naan
  • 6 thin slices smoked provolone cheese
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 4 strips turkey bacon, cooked and halved
  • 1 chicken tenderloin, cooked and slice

In a large pan of medium-high heat, cook the bacon until crispy. Place on a paper towel lined plate, set aside.

In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onion, carrots and celery. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes. Add the cauliflower to the pot, and cook for another 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Slowly whisk in the flour, followed by the vegetable broth and coconut milk, until the soup begins to thicken.

Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add in the corn, salt and pepper. Stir well. Now, get our your immersion blender and blend your chowder until it is nice and creamy!

Dish up & top with crumbled turkey bacon. Allow the soup to cool while you build your panini…
Build your panini: Naan, 2 slices of provolone cheese, avocado, chicken, bacon and 1 slice of provolone cheese halved to cover. Either with your panini maker or Foreman Grill, grill the panini until the cheese melts and grill marks appear.
Okay, NOW you can eat!

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