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Cauliflower Ham Casserole Recipe

Cauliflower Ham Casserole Recipe

Cauliflower replaces the potatoes in this comforting casserole, which I’ve been making for 30 years. Whenever we have leftover ham, my husband asks me to make this dish. —Sue Herlund, White Bear Lake, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 4 cups chopped fresh cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  • 1. Place cauliflower in a large saucepan; cover with 1 in. water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until tender.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in another large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir in the cheese and sour cream until melted.
  • 3. Drain cauliflower. In a large bowl, combine the cauliflower, ham and mushrooms. Add cheese sauce and toss to coat. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish.
  • 4. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over casserole. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 383 calories, 25g fat (15g saturated fat), 95mg cholesterol, 1007mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 19g protein.

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Marcia User ID: 8985782 258152
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2016

"This is an absolute favorite ... with a couple of minor changes to address the issues noted with the dish sometimes being watery. I replaced 1 cup of the milk and the mushrooms with a can of cream of mushroom soup for a creamy, cheesy side dish that has been a favorite at every covered dish event. Yummy!"

hkpepin User ID: 3030797 249962
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2016

"My husband doesn't like potatoes and I had, at my son's request, bought a head of purple cauliflower so when I saw this recipe, I decided to give it a shot. I didn’t have any sour cream so I used a little extra butter and milk instead. My husband and i both really wnjoyed this recipe and my daughter, who is usually leery of cauliflower, ate a healthy bowl for dinner as well. Telling her it was a bowl of purple and pink (ham) and adding a little feta and parmesan did help too.

But I would definitely do this again! Not a good weeknight meal if you're in a hurry, as this recipe ended up taking closer to 1.5 hours than the one hour listed on the recipe. A winner in my book."

hbaseley User ID: 3311639 243959
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2016

"I'm not a big cauliflower fan, but I thought I might enjoy it in this dish. I think it's a good recipe, but I probably won't make it again. I may try it using potatoes, since the cheese sauce was tasty and the recipe had a good balance of ingredients. I did use reduced fat sharp cheddar, light sour cream and fat free milk, and no one noticed. I also had to sub panko breadcrumbs, and we liked the topping. Since some people commented about it being watery, I returned the cauliflower back to the pot, after draining, to "dry" them for a minute or so, while stirring over medium-low heat."

mayun User ID: 1636268 230123
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2015

"My family and I loved it! Will surely make it again. Being A cheese lover, I added a little Velveeta and used French fried onion rings on top in place of bread crumbs."

katecrid47 User ID: 7098019 224532
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2015

"This was really good! Mine was a bit watery also as mentioned before but still yummy."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 83115
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2014

"This is a good recipe if you're trying to cut back on your carbs since most ham casserole recipes contain potatoes. I sauteed finely chopped onions and red pepper in the butter for extra flavor and left out the canned mushrooms. This does NOT reheat well since the leftovers become watery."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 154717
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"Excellent recipe! The only change I made was to leave out the mushrooms. I noticed it was somewhat watery, but since no one else mentioned this problem, I must have either not drained the cauliflower enough or didn't let it rest before eating. I served this with a Greek salad and asiago cheese dinner rolls."

Joscy User ID: 2694585 154716
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2013

"This would be a lovely dish to serve for Easter. Have made it a couple times, and will continue, but seemingly forgot about it."

HOGWriter User ID: 3126553 103320
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2013

"Definately a keeper. I added a 1/2 tsp Bavarian seasoning (by Penzeys with crushed brown mustard, rosemary, garlic, thyme, bay leaves & sage) to heighten the flavor. We loved it."

cribb73 User ID: 2996717 83114
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2012

"I get requests for this recipe all the time. Even a friend of mine who swears she hates cauliflower goes back for seconds. I use fresh mushrooms and saute it in a little olive oil and butter instead of canned for better flavor. I add salt and pepper as it is not even listed in the ingredients. The salt content comes from the ham mostly so I'm surprised to read the reviews of others. My mom is on a salt restricted diet and even she gobbles this casserole up. This is a favorite of my house and I will continue making it for years to come!"

niagaracat User ID: 3122379 154714
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

"Nice and creamy. bread crumb topping gave it a nice crunch."

pettymama User ID: 1026286 150517
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012

"This is a good recipe if you need to use ham leftovers. I read a review saying it was too salty but I disagreed. I think it could have used a little in the sauce. I will make again."

l2bake User ID: 2030987 60856
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2011

"This is delicious! I was very happy with the results, it is fast & easy to assemble and makes a great meal served with a fruit salad."

RysGirl99 User ID: 5593043 154659
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"I would make it again because my husband adored it, and it was an easy way to get vegetables into my boys! It was good, but not fabulous. Considering leaving the ham out and making it as a side dish, I think it would be much better then!"

maryb68 User ID: 862751 154657
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2010

"This is so good. My husband loves it."

patricia diane User ID: 3271139 103319
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2009

"to much fat, to much salt-way to much"

jherrewig User ID: 2412372 207367
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2009

"Excellent! I fix this dish all the time, now."

lynwalker User ID: 1985024 72388
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2008

"Suprisingly delicious! The cauliflower is a great substitute for potatoes."

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