RUSSIAN ZAKUSKI: BAKED CAULIFLOWER CHEESE

Ellen Bales

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While we in America make cheesy cauliflower usually as a side dish, in Russia this is served as an appetizer or hors d'oeuvres. I think this picture looks divine!
Recipe & Photos: Charlottesweb.com


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Serves:

6-8

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

25 Min

Ingredients

1 large
head cauliflower florets
3 Tbsp
all purpose flour
1/2 c
(1 stick, divided) butter
2 c
milk
2 c
sour cream
1 c
sharp cheddar cheese, shredded and divided

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In a large saucepan, simmer the florets in boiling water for about 5 minutes; drain and set aside.
2
In another saucepan, melt half the butter (4 Tbsp.) and add the flour, stirring until golden brown. Add the remaining butter and the milk. Whisk continuously over medium-low heat to prevent lumps.
3
Allow the sauce to thicken, then add sour cream. Simmer for 5 minutes on low heat. Add half the cheese and stir until melted.
4
Place the cauliflower into a greased or sprayed casserole dish. Pour the hot sauce over the cauliflower. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; may add 2 or 3 tsp. butter on top to ensure browning.
5
Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for about 25 minutes, until top is golden brown. Serve as an appetizer with other foods, or as a side dish with a meal.

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