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russian zakuski: baked cauliflower cheese

(2 ratings)
Recipe by
Ellen Gwaltney Bales
Indianapolis, IN

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:

(2 ratings)
yield 6 -8
prep time 30 Min
cook time 25 Min

Ingredients For russian zakuski: baked cauliflower cheese

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

How To Make russian zakuski: baked cauliflower cheese

  • 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.