Creamy Cauliflower Recipe

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The first time I made this rich side dish for a big family meal, it was an instant hit. When everyone had eaten their fill, there was a lively discussion on who would be the lucky one to take home the leftovers.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:5-7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 5-7 servings


  • 1 medium head cauliflower (about 1-1/2 pounds), broken into florets
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 227 calories, 18g fat (11g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 332mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein .


  1. In a large saucepan, bring cauliflower and 1 in. of water to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 6-7 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain well; set aside.
  2. In another saucepan, saute garlic in butter for 1 minute. Stir in flour until blended; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Remove from the heat; stir in the cauliflower, bacon, salt, pepper and cayenne. Pour into a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 5-7 servings.
Originally published as Cauliflower Au Gratin in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2001, p28

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echase 31616
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"I was a bit leery since my family doesn't care for cauliflower, so I made this with 1/2 cauliflower and 1/2 broccoli and it was SO good!! Everyone, including the kids loved it! It went perfectly with my roasted chicken."

hollyez 126292
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2008

"This was wonderful! My 14 year old daughter made this and it turned out delicious! Thank you taste of home!"

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