- Course Side Dishes
- Prep. Time 15 mins
- Cooking Time 10 mins
- Yields 4 to 6 servings
In 1996 our Urban Peasant’s Cauliflower Cheese recipe brought humble cauliflower to new heights. This new version punches it up even more with sun-dried tomatoes and Canadian old Cheddar cheese. Celebrate cauliflower!
In a large pot of boiling water, boil cauliflower for about 7 min or until just tender. Drain well; set aside.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Sauté garlic for 1 min or until fragrant. Whisk flour into milk; gradually pour into pan, whisking constantly. Stir in sun-dried tomatoes, paprika, pepper and cook, stirring, for about 3 min or until bubbling and thickened. Remove from heat and stir in half of the cheese until melted. Pour over cauliflower in a heatproof serving dish; sprinkle with remaining cheese.
To save time, you can purchase pre-cut cauliflower and in a pinch, use thawed frozen cauliflower and just boil for 1 to 2 min or until hot.
Be sure to drain the cauliflower very well to prevent watering down the cheese sauce.
Make this a crumb-topped gratin: Spread cauliflower mixture in a shallow 8-cup (2 L) baking dish. Combine 1 cup (250 mL) fresh whole wheat bread crumbs, 1/2 cup (125 mL) additional shredded cheese, 1 tbsp (15 mL) melted butter, 1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh basil and pepper to taste; sprinkle over cauliflower. Bake in 400°F (200°C) oven for 15 min or until lightly browned.
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M. Brasca2 weeks ago
Very tasty, and easy to make. The sun dried tomatoes are a great addition to the basic cauliflower/cheese recipe. I made the gratin version and added a little dry mustard, about 1/2 tsp, and 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce to the cheese sauce for a little extra kick, and used seasoned Panko crumbs to top it. My father, who doesn't like cauliflower (or so he says) ate it and took seconds. That's a winner in my book.
M. RiehlOctober 6th, 2012
Made this for Christmas last year, now everyone has requested I make it again for Thanksgiving... The crumb topping is a definite must, transforms cauliflower and cheese into a 5 star dish!! A new family favourite!!
Lynn SmithApril 12th, 2012
Our Easter Dinner included The Adventurous " Sun-dried Tomato Cauliflower Cheese". It was quick, simple and very tasty. We substituted cheese that we had for the cheese that was listed in the recipe and added some of our frozen broccoli to the mixture as well. We will definitely make this recipe again!
D. PetersonApril 4th, 2012
Very good side dish. Taste was there and relatively easy to make.
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