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Christmas Cauliflower

 Christmas Cauliflower
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
8-10 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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