Cauliflower Cheese Casserole

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You definitely love cheese, who doesn’t like cheese? Look at this cauliflower cheese casserole. Three types of cheese and heavy cream result in something delicious and tasty, perfect for colder weather.

Tips for: Cauliflower Cheese Casserole

Make sure to drain and dry the blanched cauliflower well, since excess water could break the creamy sauce and make it separate.

Serve as a side with any braised or roasted meat or, for a vegetarian dinner, balance it with a salad tossed with a bright, lemony vinaigrette.

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Serves: 4-6 Prep Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 medium head cauliflower (about 2 1/2 pounds), broken into medium florets
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup grated Gruyère cheese
  • ½ cup grated fontina cheese
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup panko or bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons pecorino or Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Flaky sea salt, for serving (optional)

Instructions

Step 1.  Heat oven to 400 degrees and butter a 2-quart glass baking dish.

Step 2.  Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and blanch the cauliflower until tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a colander to drain and cool.

Step 3. In a small saucepan, melt the 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour until it forms a pale-golden paste, about 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the heavy cream and bring the mixture to a low simmer, stirring frequently, until it thickens, about 2 to 3 minutes. Off heat, stir in half the Gruyère and fontina.

Step 4. Pat the cauliflower dry then transfer it to a large bowl.Pour the creamy sauce over the cauliflower and stir to coat. Season generously with salt and pepper.

Step 5. Transfer the cauliflower mixture to the buttered baking dish, spreading it in an even layer. Top with the remaining Gruyère and fontina. Bake until the mixture begins to bubble and the cauliflower starts to turn golden, about 20 minutes.

Step 6. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the panko, pecorino, thyme and oil.

Step 7. Spoon the panko mixture on top of the cauliflower and bake until the topping is crisp, about 10 minutes. Allow the casserole to cool for about 5 minutes or so, then serve. Season with flaky salt, if desired.

 

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