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smashed cauliflower with white cheddar sauce

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Ellen Gwaltney Bales
Indianapolis, IN

This recipe came about because I had accidentally bought two packages of white cheddar cheese instead of the one I had planned to use with potatoes. I happened to have some nice organic cauliflower but no regular cheddar, which is my favorite way to prepare it. So . . . two and two equals four and cheese is always good, anytime, anywhere. And this recipe was born. 02-21-2017

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This is one of those side dishes that is just so good and makes you feel a little less guilty for eating it. Some of the taste testers couldn't even tell it was cauliflower - they thought it was smashed potatoes! It's creamy, buttery, and of course cheesy. If you prefer yours smoother, a whirl through the food processor would create that texture.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 2
serves 6-8
prep time 15 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For smashed cauliflower with white cheddar sauce

  • 4 sm
    cauliflower heads (or two large)
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 clove
    minced garlic (or more if you prefer)
  • 1 c
    half and half
  • 1/2 c
  • 2 tsp
    minced onion
  • 6-8 oz
    Vermont white cheddar cheese, shredded or sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste

How To Make smashed cauliflower with white cheddar sauce

  • 1
    Wash cauliflower and cut into medium-sized florets. Add to a large pot of boiling, salted water. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • 2
    In a medium saucepan, melt butter and stir in flour, making a paste. Add garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Slowly add milk and half-and-half and stir until it starts to thicken.
  • 3
    Add remaining ingredients and simmer on low heat until cheese melts. If mixture is too thick, add more milk, a little at a time, and mix thoroughly.
  • 4
    Stir the hot cheese sauce into the cooked and drained cauliflower and mix well, smashing with a large spoon as you go.
  • 5
    Serve with your favorite entree.

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