Creamy Cauliflower Recipe

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Creamy Cauliflower Recipe

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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.
MAKES:
5-7 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:
5-7 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.

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

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.
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.
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.
Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 5-7 servings.
Originally published as Cauliflower Au Gratin in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2001, p28

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 227 calories, 18g fat (11g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 332mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.

  • 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
  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.
Originally published as Cauliflower Au Gratin in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2001, p28

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echase User ID: 4997210 31616
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"I was a bit leery since my family doesn't care for cauliflower, so I made this with 1/2 cauliflower and 1/2 broccoli and it was SO good!! Everyone, including the kids loved it! It went perfectly with my roasted chicken."

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hollyez User ID: 3350271 126292
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2008

"This was wonderful! My 14 year old daughter made this and it turned out delicious! Thank you taste of home!"

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