Cauliflower Cheddar Bake Recipe
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Cauliflower Cheddar Bake Recipe

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"NEBRASKA, where I grew up, is a farming state, and we always had lots of vegetables at our table. This recipe has got to be one of the easiest and best-tasting ways to serve cauliflower. I have to admit that cauliflower is not a favorite vegetable with a lot of people—especially children—and that's why the addition of cheddar cheese makes it a winner every time!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:10-12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1 large head cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dried bread crumbs

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1/2 cup) equals 159 calories, 11 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 242 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, place 1 in. of salted water; add the cauliflower. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 4-6 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain.
  2. Stir in the cheese, sour cream, onion, 2 tablespoons butter and salt. Transfer to a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish.
  3. Combine the bread crumbs and remaining butter; sprinkle over the top. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Cauliflower Au Gratin in Reminisce July/August 1991, p33

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Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

"My family always tops cauliflower with crushed Ritz cracker browned in butter. Delicious!"

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

"I agree that cooked cauliflower is not the most appealing vegetable, but I really like this recipe. So do my kids and even some of my grandkids."

Reviewed Sep. 4, 2009

"Subbed broccoli for the cauliflower. Used shredded Velveeta in place of cheddar. Very creamy and tasty. Next time I might make a main dish using these ingredients and adding diced chicken - maybe increasing the sour cream/cheese."

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