Smashed Cauliflower With White Cheddar Sauce

10
Ellen Bales

By
@Starwriter

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

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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


Rating:

★★★★★ 2 votes

Comments:
Serves:
6-8
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
20 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • 4 small
    cauliflower heads (or two large)
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter
  • 2 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 clove
    minced garlic (or more if you prefer)
  • 1 c
    half and half
  • 1/2 c
    milk
  • 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

Step-by-Step

  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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About Smashed Cauliflower With White Cheddar Sauce

Course/Dish: Vegetables
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtag: #white cheddar




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