Monday, November 25, 2013

Cheesy Cauliflower Bake Recipe

Are you ready for Thanksgiving?  Or perhaps you're like me and haven't done your Thanksgiving meal shopping or planning yet? ;)  I've got a perfect side-dish for your holiday meal, a Cheesy Cauliflower Bake.  It looks like macaroni and cheese but it's made out of Cauliflower instead of pasta!  My big girl loved it and so did I! (my husband passed since he doesn't like regular macaroni and cheese let alone cauliflower, his loss, more for me!)

Cheesy Cauliflower Bake
1 large head of cauliflower 
1/2 teaspoon salt
oil - for greasing the baking dish 
1 cup heavy cream 
2 ounces cream cheese 
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (or regular mustard)
2 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar 
1/4 teaspoon black pepper 
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder 
8″x8″ baking dish or 2 1/2 quart Corningware dish

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Fill and bring to boil one large pot of water.  Grease your baking dish (spray or put oil on a paper towel and wipe around). 
2. Cut cauliflower into small pieces. Place the cauliflower in the large pot of boiling water and book until crisp-tender. This should take about five minutes (longer if your pieces aren't small enough). 
3. Drain pot with strainer and pat the cauliflower between several layers of paper towels to dry. Place the crisp-tender, dried-off cauliflower into the greased baking dish and set aside. 
4. Pour the cup of heavy cream into a small saucepan, place the saucepan on the stove, and bring the cream to boil. Cut the cream cheese into small pieces. Whisk the small pieces of cream cheese and the mustard into the boiling cream until the mixture is smooth. 
5. Stir in one cup of the cheddar cheese, the salt, the pepper, and the garlic into the saucepan and whisk until the cheese has melted, which should take no more than two minutes. 
6. Remove the saucepan from the stove, pour the mixture over the cauliflower, and stir to combine. Sprinkle the remaining cheese upon the cauliflower and mixture as a topping. 
7. Place the baking dish into the oven and bake for fifteen minutes.


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