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Creamy Floret Bake

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


  • 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 zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 zest, salt, nutmeg and pepper.
  • Arrange cauliflower and broccoli in alternate rows in a 3-qt. or 13x9-in. baking dish. Top with cream sauce and cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 80 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 191mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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