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Sun-Dried Tomato Cauliflower Cheese

Dairy Farmers of Canada
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  • 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!


1 cauliflower, cut into florets (about 6 cups/1.5 L)
1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/2 tbsp (37 mL) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) milk
1/4 cup (50 mL) thinly sliced sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 tsp (2 mL) sweet paprika or
1/8 tsp (0.50 mL) smoked paprika
1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
3/4 cup (175 mL) shredded Canadian old Cheddar or
Friulano cheese, divided
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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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Nutritional Info

Per serving
Energy: 143 Calories
Protein: 8 g
Carbohydrate: 12 g
Fat: 8 g
Fibre: 2.4 g
Sodium: 192 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

Nutrient % DV*
Calcium: 19 % / 206 mg
Vitamin C: 81 %
Folate: 31 %
Vitamin B12: 20 %
Vitamin D: 17 %

*percentage of daily value

*Note: The daily value (DV) is established by Health Canada and corresponds to the daily quantity recommended for each nutrient. The percentage of the daily value (% DV) indicates the proportion of the nutrient provided by a serving of the recipe, in comparison with the quantity recommended.

This recipe contains 3/4 milk product serving(s) per person.

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