Not everyone likes cauliflower, but everyone likes veggies with cheese sauce. So give it a try!
1 head cauliflower, cut into large florets
4 tbsp. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, divided
3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 cups hot milk
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
3/4 cup freshly grated gruyere cheese, divided (can substitute with cheddar)
1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Preheat oven to 375F.
2. Bring water to a boil in a large pot over high heat; add the cauliflower florets. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, until it’s tender but still firm. Drain, and set aside.
3. Meanwhile, melt 2 tbsp. of the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add the flour, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Pour the hot milk into the butter-flour mixture, and stir until it comes to a boil. Boil, whisking constantly, for 1 minute, or until thickened.
4. Take the pan off the heat, and add salt, pepper, nutmeg, parmesan and 1/2 cup of the gruyere.
5. Pour 1/3 of the sauce on the bottom of an 8x11x2 baking dish. Place the drained cauliflower on top, and then spread the remaining sauce evenly on top.
6. Combine the bread crumbs with the remaining gruyere and sprinkle on top.
7. Melt the remaining 2 tbsp. of butter; drizzle over the top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the top is browned. Serve hot or at room temperature.
My apologies for the horrible picture. We started digging in before I realized I didn’t take a picture and it was too late.
Can you say yummy? So if you are on a diet, this recipe isn’t for you. Love the cheese! Speaking of cheese, cheddar was on sale when I was at the store so I went with the cheaper option. Gruyere is probably fantastic with this dish but the cheddar is definitely cheaper.
Only problem I had with this recipe was the amount of dishes (2 pots, colander, wooden spoon, whisk, baking dish, cheese grater, various measuring cups, spoons). So be prepared for a few extra dishes — in order to cut down on at least 1 pot, the pot I used to boil the cauliflower was also later used to make the sauce. But that’s what dishwashers are for, right?
Otherwise, it’s a pretty easy, fancied up veggie side dish (with cheese!) for your next meal. Mine was served with grilled steak and Crash Hot Potatoes.