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Christmas Cauliflower

A Swiss cheese sauce gives this vegetable casserole an extra special taste. I have served it for Christmas for the past 20 years, and my family says the meal just wouldn't be as delicious without it. -Betty Claycomb, Alverton, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8-10 servings


  • 1 large head cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 jar (7.3 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2 tablespoons diced pimientos
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Paprika, optional


  • Place 1 in. of water in a large saucepan; add cauliflower. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 6-8 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and pat dry.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, saute green pepper and mushrooms in butter for 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add flour; gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in cheese until melted. Add pimientos and salt.
  • Place half of the cauliflower in a greased 2-qt. baking dish; top with half of the sauce. Repeat layers. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 25 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with paprika if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 153 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 448mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • Linda
    Dec 22, 2018

    Love this recipe it is my go to for Christmas have been making it for years just be sure the cauliflower is drained well

  • gunslinger
    Dec 5, 2014

    Very tasty, the swiss cheese sauce gives it a pleasantly different flavor from the traditional cheese sauce.

  • skoeper
    Nov 5, 2014

    Does anyone know if this dish is freezable? I'd love to make it for T'giving ahead of time.

  • Janadele
    Dec 26, 2013

    It was a nice variation for a vegetable side dish. My family likes a Spicer dish so I added pepper jack cheese in lieu of Swiss.

  • hector3918
    Nov 9, 2012

    Family really loved this recipe. The flavors where really rich and robust. As an added bonus it had a nice visual appearance. Great!

  • elaineae
    Sep 16, 2012

    The only change I made is I cut down on the green pepper. We do like everything that went into it but felt it just did not have much taste. If I do make it again I would add some garlic salt or more seasoning.

  • Morinstoltz
    Apr 25, 2011

    It was OK. Easy to make but a little bland even when I added extra swiss cheese..

  • koalajean
    Jun 1, 2010

    I have cooked this wonderful side dish on many occasions. It is always a hit. everyone loves it so much I don't just make it for christmas. I am usually asked to make this over and over again.