Christmas Cauliflower Recipe
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Christmas Cauliflower Recipe

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A Swiss cheese sauce gives this vegetable casserole an extra special taste. I have served it for Christmas for the past 20 years, and my family says the meal just wouldn't be as delicious without it. -Betty Claycomb, Alverton, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1 large head cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 jar (7.3 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2 tablespoons diced pimientos
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Paprika, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 153 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 448mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. Place 1 in. of water in a large saucepan; add cauliflower. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 6-8 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and pat dry.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, saute green pepper and mushrooms in butter for 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add flour; gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in cheese until melted. Add pimientos and salt.
  3. Place half of the cauliflower in a greased 2-qt. baking dish; top with half of the sauce. Repeat layers. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 25 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with paprika if desired. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Christmas Cauliflower in Taste of Home December/January 1998, p31

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gunslinger User ID: 544392 214083
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2014

"Very tasty, the swiss cheese sauce gives it a pleasantly different flavor from the traditional cheese sauce."

skoeper User ID: 2733641 45323
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2014

"Does anyone know if this dish is freezable? I'd love to make it for T'giving ahead of time."

Janadele User ID: 7087902 21155
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2013

"It was a nice variation for a vegetable side dish. My family likes a Spicer dish so I added pepper jack cheese in lieu of Swiss."

hector3918 User ID: 6332820 78317
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2012

"Family really loved this recipe. The flavors where really rich and robust. As an added bonus it had a nice visual appearance. Great!"

elaineae User ID: 3082225 52042
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2012

"The only change I made is I cut down on the green pepper. We do like everything that went into it but felt it just did not have much taste. If I do make it again I would add some garlic salt or more seasoning."

Morinstoltz User ID: 5928360 47220
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"It was OK. easy to make but a little bland even when I added extra swiss cheese.."

koalajean User ID: 899831 44097
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"I have cooked this wonderful side dish on many occasions. It is always a hit. everyone loves it so much I don't just make it for Christmas. I am usually asked to make this over and over again."

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