Cheesy Cauliflower

Cauliflower is drizzled with a creamy, spicy cheddar cheese sauce to make a decadent and simple side dish that is ready in 30 minutes! This dish is loved by children and adults alike and is the perfect accompaniment for any meal.

Cauliflower is drizzled with a creamy, spicy cheddar cheese sauce to make a decadent and simple side dish that is ready in 30 minutes!

You know those dishes that remind you of your childhood that you occasionally make for old time’s sake?

You know the dishes that are so simple, yet so satisfying?

You know those dishes that you make without really thinking about, then realize you should maybe share them because they’re a household favorite and you’ve just never quantified the recipe before?

This Cheesy Cauliflower is one of those dishes that falls into all three.

We ate a ton of cauliflower (and broccoli!) sprinkled with cheddar cheese when I was a kid… and I recently updated the recipe to include a decadent, silky smooth and absolutely tasty cheddar cheese sauce.

It’s basically like macaroni and cheese without the pasta… on top of cauliflower.

I’m sharing my recipe over at My Cooking Spot today. Come join me and let me know if you’re a fan of cheese on your vegetables! And be sure to come back next week when I share how to make that whole roasted chicken, shown in the photo above. Mmm.

Yield: 4 servings

Cheesy Cauliflower

Cauliflower is drizzled with a creamy, spicy cheddar cheese sauce to make a decadent and simple side dish that is ready in 30 minutes! This dish is loved by children and adults alike and is the perfect accompaniment for any meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower, broken into florets (5 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk (skim OK)
  • 4 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese (about ½ cup, packed)
  • 1 tablespoon grainy dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Paprika, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a baking dish with nonstick baking spray.
  2. Add the cauliflower to the prepared baking dish. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Bake the cauliflower for 25 minutes.
  4. While the cauliflower bakes, make the cheese sauce.
  5. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  6. Whisk in the flour, continuing to whisk as it heats and darkens (just slightly!) into a blonde roux.
  7. Slowly pour in the milk, stirring vigorously as you pour so the mixture doesn't have lumps.
  8. When the milk has been added, measure in the mustard.
  9. Turn off the heat, and add the cheese, stirring vigorously until combined.
  10. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and cayenne pepper.
  11. Pour the cheese sauce over the cauliflower. Toss to combine. Sprinkle the top of the cheese with paprika.
  12. Bake for an additional 30 minutes or until bubbly and delicious.
  13. Serve warm!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 265Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 503mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 5gSugar: 8gProtein: 13g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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