UKRAINIAN BAKED CAULIFLOWER

Ellen Bales

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What a nice change from the ways I usually prepare cauliflower. This has got to be something special for all cauliflower lovers!
Recipe & Photo: About.com/easterneuropeanfood


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Serves:

6

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

30 Min

Ingredients

1 medium
head cauliflower, washed, trimmed and broken into florets
1/2 c
crisp bacon pieces or chopped ham
1/2 c
plus 2 tbsp. grated cheese of choice
1/2 c
dry bread crumbs or finely chopped walnuts, hazelnuts or pecans
1 Tbsp
melted butter

CREAM SAUCE:

2 Tbsp
butter
2 Tbsp
all purpose flour
1/2 c
cold beef or chicken stock
1/2 c
cold half and half
1/2 tsp
salt
pepper to taste

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Cook cauliflower, uncovered, in boiling salted water for 8 minutes or until barely tender. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add bacon or ham and set aside.
2
To make the cream sauce in a small saucepan, make a roux by melting butter, adding flour and cooking 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add cold stock and cold cream and, with a wire whisk, stir constantly until sauce boils. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Mix 1/2 cup cheese into hot cream sauce.
3
Butter a medium shallow casserole pan. Mix cheese sauce with cooked cauliflower and bacon or ham. Transfer to prepared baking pan.
4
Mix bread crumbs or nuts with melted butter and 2 Tbsp. cheese. Sprinkle over cauliflower. Set casserole dish on a baking sheet to catch any drips. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven about 20 minutes or until golden and cauliflower is cooked.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Vegetables
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy
Hashtags: #cheesy, #creamy