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Creamy Cauliflower (Fauxtato) au Gratin


"Perfect replacement to mashed potatoes when carb-cutting or just want a delicious alternative. Serve with main dishes that include gravy--roast chicken, pot roast, or turkey. Don't expect leftovers!"
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37 m servings 195 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings (1 2-quart baking dish)

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  1. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower florets, cover, and steam until very tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer cauliflower to a plate.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Butter a baking dish.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over low heat. Whisk in flour until paste forms, about 1 minute. Whisk in chicken stock and cook until thickened, about 1 minute more. Add steamed cauliflower; whip with hand mixer or immersion blender until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in half-and-half, all but 1 tablespoon of the Parmesan cheese, all but 1 tablespoon of the mozzarella cheese, chives, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pour cauliflower mixture into prepared baking dish. Top with remaining Parmesan cheese, remaining mozzarella cheese, nutmeg, and red pepper flakes.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 12 minutes.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Use a steamer appliance or steamer insert to steam the cauliflower, if desired. Cooking times may vary for these methods.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 195 calories; 10.6 g fat; 18.3 g carbohydrates; 10.6 g protein; 30 mg cholesterol; 559 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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I haven't left many reviews, but this is one dish that I had to take the time, plus I see there's not many reviews for it yet but there should be. This is a great base recipe. I have made i...

5.10.16 I scaled this recipe down to 2 servings (1 head of cauliflower), and in this house, this recipe would have served a minimum of 3, maybe even 4 (which makes this break down even nutrition...

I cook a lot, and I don't often say a recipe is difficult (and its not that it was difficult) but I felt like there were way too many steps for a simple side dish that wasn't very good. Then whe...

Wowza! I subbed gruyere for the cheeses listed and put smoked paprika on the top along with the nutmeg. I can't believe how good this was! This is a must for the upcoming holidays.

So easy and everyone ate it all up.