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Cauliflower and Ham Casserole

My mother made this recipe many times while I was growing up. I remember leaning on the table to watch her. Cooking has always been a hobby of mine, along with sewing and crafting.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
  • 6 saltines, crumbled

Directions

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, saute chopped onion in 2 tablespoons of butter until tender. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thick and bubbly.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in cheese until melted. Fold in cauliflower, ham, mushrooms and pimientos. Pour into a greased 2-qt. casserole.
  • In a small saucepan, brown cracker crumbs in remaining butter; sprinkle over casserole. Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 5-10 minutes longer or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 209 calories, 12g fat (0 saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 942mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 15g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 meat, 2 vegetable.

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  • hwalling
    Aug 22, 2017

    This is good with cubed, cooked chicken, too. I used fresh mushrooms, sauteed them with fresh chopped onion, and added paprika, mustard powder, and fresh parsley to the sauce.

  • jeanemed
    Mar 16, 2016

    This is good, but I felt it needed a couple of changes. I added peppers as another recommended, instead of the mushrooms (next time I might leave out the peppers and pimentos). Also, I felt it needed more cheese sauce so I doubled it--big mistake. It was too soupy. Next time I'll do one and a half times the sauce. I didn't add salt, but instead added mustard powder, pepper and a couple of drops of hot pepper sauce. Next time I will add a little billion or soup base to the milk.It is a good recipe that adapts well go changes.

  • Jandl61
    Dec 30, 2015

    Excellent recipe. We added frozen peas for a little added color.

  • Leslie1
    Feb 16, 2013

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  • zegunism
    Oct 5, 2012

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  • s_chanko
    Sep 16, 2012

    I would leave out the salt all together as the ham, saltines and the chesse all have salt in them. The recipe says Diabetic Friendly but I Found that is was not Heart Friendly.

  • HOGWriter
    Jun 6, 2012

    Our house is big on flavor, so I substituted about 1/4 C diced green pepper in place of the pimientos (sauteed them with onions in first step.) We also used low-salt saltines, Penzey's Northwoods seasoning in place of the salt, and a few healthy shakes of Durkee's Peppery Mustard grill creations seasoning for the pepper. It was 'delish!

  • zoeboy
    Jan 22, 2012

    This was a very tasty and easy casserole to put together. I used 2 bags (16 oz each) of defrosted cauliflower. Microwaved about 4 minutes and drained before adding.

  • Eiremic
    Nov 15, 2011

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  • Pixie Mom
    Sep 17, 2011

    I like it very much