This is a delicious dish that can easily be used as a main dish. This is a recipe that I only follow measurements on the milk, the rest is by eye only so a very easy and simple meal.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Place the cauliflower florets in a saucepan with about 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 8 minutes, or until tender. Drain, and set aside.

  • Melt the butter in a small pan. Stir in the flour, and cook over low heat for 2 minutes. Gradually stir in the milk, and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper, and stir in most of the bread crumbs. Remove from the heat, and stir in the egg yolks, cheese, and finally cauliflower.

  • Whip the egg whites in a large glass or metal bowl until stiff. Fold the cauliflower mixture into the egg whites. Transfer to a ceramic or glass 2 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining bread crumbs on top.

  • Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until puffed and golden.

Nutrition Facts

383 calories; protein 18.7g; carbohydrates 15.8g; fat 27.9g; cholesterol 225.2mg; sodium 451.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
07/05/2007
This was really quite good. I would give it 4 1/2 stars if I could. It wasn't over the top, but it has the potential to be so. It's not difficult at all. Just a couple of minutes more than making a simple cheese sauce would have taken. I had frozen cauliflower that I was looking for a new way to prepare, and although fresh would probably have been tastier, frozen worked just fine. I just let it thaw and drain in a colander and skipped the blanching process. I did soften some minced shallots in the butter before adding the flour, used garlic seasoned bread crumbs, threw in a slice of pepper jack cheese along with the cheddar, and topped with cheddar flavored french fried onions. I wouldn't mess with the original recipe too much, but the next time (and I will make this again---even hubby liked it) I plan to add a little bacon. Probably some store-bought bacon bits in a jar. After all, I don't know anything that isn't better with bacon. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/04/2009
I am going to try this and add a little whole grain mustard to the sauce...I like the idea of Jack cheese as well. Read More
(5)
95 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 44
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 4 stars
07/05/2007
This was really quite good. I would give it 4 1/2 stars if I could. It wasn't over the top, but it has the potential to be so. It's not difficult at all. Just a couple of minutes more than making a simple cheese sauce would have taken. I had frozen cauliflower that I was looking for a new way to prepare, and although fresh would probably have been tastier, frozen worked just fine. I just let it thaw and drain in a colander and skipped the blanching process. I did soften some minced shallots in the butter before adding the flour, used garlic seasoned bread crumbs, threw in a slice of pepper jack cheese along with the cheddar, and topped with cheddar flavored french fried onions. I wouldn't mess with the original recipe too much, but the next time (and I will make this again---even hubby liked it) I plan to add a little bacon. Probably some store-bought bacon bits in a jar. After all, I don't know anything that isn't better with bacon. Read More
(34)
Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2008
This was really good. Used half broccoli, half cauliflower. Added an extra 1/4C cheese. Also added one chopped shallot, which really made a good flavor difference. Next time I think I may add either diced ham or bacon, as the flavors would really compliment it. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2007
My husband and daughters loved this, and it's really simple to make too! It does take a bit of preperation but well worth it Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/07/2007
This was delicious! I thought it had a great taste. Not too bland at all. I did add a little garlic salt but other than that I felt the recipe was great the way it was. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2008
I have been making this recipe for years and my family likes it alot. Its not an over flavored dish. But if you enjoy califlower you should enjoy this dish. I usually serve it when we have guests and usually with steaks. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2006
Well it's not something to just whip up when you're in a hurry...but it sure is worth the effort when you have the time! I've made this twice now - once as written and once with half cauliflower and half broccoli. Both were great but I think I liked the half-and-half even better. I served it with lamb-stuffed bell peppers last night (cooked them at the same time at 375 degrees adding 5 minutes to the recipe time) and received raves! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2008
We really enjoyed this dish. My son ate almost the entire pan by himself. I didn't have cheddar in the house so I used pepper jack instead. I'm planning to double the recipe and make a larger batch to take to a post-Thanksgiving family gathering. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2010
I've made this twice in one week now so you can probably tell I liked this! I didn't find it took long to make; my tip -use a processor to grate the cheese or buy ready grated to save time and an electric whisk for the egg whites. The only changes I made were to add a pinch of mustard powder and garlic powder to the sauce that's all. I've made cauliflower cheese MANY times before and I liked the texture of this one a lot more than any others. I have young kids and they all finished their's without a fuss. Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
02/20/2006
A little bland. I think I will saute some onions next time and add them. Other than that turned out well. Read More
(5)
Rating: 3 stars
02/04/2009
I am going to try this and add a little whole grain mustard to the sauce...I like the idea of Jack cheese as well. Read More
(5)
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