Creamy Floret Bake Recipe
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Creamy Floret Bake Recipe

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My family loves to come over for Thanksgiving dinner because of the special side dishes I prepare. This one is always a winner! The creamy orange sauce complements the tender broccoli and cauliflower beautifully.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower, broken into florets (4 cups)
  • 1 medium bunch broccoli, cut into florets (4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

One 3/4-cup serving (prepared with fat-free milk instead of cream and reduced-fat cheese) equals 80 calories, 4 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 191 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, bring 1 in. of water to a boil; add cauliflower. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  2. In another saucepan, bring 1 in. of water to a boil; add broccoli. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain vegetables and rinse with cold water.
  3. Melt butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour until smooth. gradually add cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in orange peel, salt, nutmeg and pepper.
  4. Arrange cauliflower and broccoli in alternate rows in a 3-qt. or 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top with cream sauce and cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Creamy Floret Bake in Taste of Home October/November 2001, p33

Nutritional Facts

One 3/4-cup serving (prepared with fat-free milk instead of cream and reduced-fat cheese) equals 80 calories, 4 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 191 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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