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Creamy Cauliflower Recipe

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. YIELD:5-7 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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