This is a great alternative to any potato side dish. Cauliflower has half the calories of potatoes and one-tenth the simple carbohydrates - so you can get your calories where you want to, from the cheese and butter! This recipe is so savory you just might prefer it to potatoes - my family certainly does. Have it with a salad and a nice steak. Like most of my recipes, this one feels a little tedious and plods along the first time you make it. However, it really is quite simple and so packed with flavor that you can't go wrong!

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cut cauliflower florets from the stems. Separate florets into their smallest subsections. Slice and halve stems into small pieces.

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  • Whisk half-and-half, 3 teaspoons black pepper, garlic powder, and salt together in a small bowl.

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  • Scatter 1/3 of the butter cubes and 1/3 of the garlic slices on the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Layer 1/2 of the cauliflower on top. Scatter another 1/3 of the butter cubes and garlic slices on top. Cover with 1 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese and 1/2 of the half-and-half mixture. Repeat layering remaining butter cubes, garlic slices, cauliflower, and Cheddar cheese. Pour in remaining half-and-half mixture.

  • Sprinkle remaining 1 teaspoon of black pepper on top of the baking dish. Arrange the mozzarella cheese slices across the top, covering the layers underneath.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling, about 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle Romano cheese and paprika on top.

  • Return to the oven and continue baking until cheese crust is golden-brown, about 15 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Substitute provolone or Muenster cheese for the mozzarella if desired.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

340 calories; 25.5 g total fat; 83 mg cholesterol; 945 mg sodium. 8.6 g carbohydrates; 20.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (4)

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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2016
What can I say other than it was really good and everyone ate every bit. I did also make a pan with 1/2 potato and 1/2 cauliflower that worked nice as well. Some liked using just cauliflower even better than using traditional potatoes. Either way this recipe is a total keeper and next time I'll try and take a picture to add:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
05/19/2018
This is cauliflower boiled in cheese. I made it according to the recipe and it had large amounts of extra liquid (a combo of grease water and cream) that was really really gross. I didn't even add any salt and it was waaaay too salty. The garlic couldn't even save it! This was a waste of a lot of good cheese. Too bad because I really wanted it to be good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2016
What can I say other than it was really good and everyone ate every bit. I did also make a pan with 1/2 potato and 1/2 cauliflower that worked nice as well. Some liked using just cauliflower even better than using traditional potatoes. Either way this recipe is a total keeper and next time I'll try and take a picture to add:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2016
What can I say other than it was really good and everyone ate every bit. I did also make a pan with 1/2 potato and 1/2 cauliflower that worked nice as well. Some liked using just cauliflower even better than using traditional potatoes. Either way this recipe is a total keeper and next time I'll try and take a picture to add:) Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
05/19/2018
This is cauliflower boiled in cheese. I made it according to the recipe and it had large amounts of extra liquid (a combo of grease water and cream) that was really really gross. I didn't even add any salt and it was waaaay too salty. The garlic couldn't even save it! This was a waste of a lot of good cheese. Too bad because I really wanted it to be good! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/26/2017
The cheese curdled on me Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/17/2017
This is really cheesy! I halved the sauce part as I didn't have a large head of cauliflower. I reduced the salt and pepper to 1/4 tsp each. I used 6 oz shredded cheddar and 4 oz shredded Italian mix cheese (by weight) and only sprinkled a couple of tbsps of Romano cheese on the top with the smoked paprika as there was already a lot of cheese. Mine baked in 30 minutes at 375 as I had it in the oven with the other side dishes I was making. I made this for the Allrecipes Allstars Canada April Challenge #ARFaceless Read More