Saturday, March 7, 2009

Cauliflower Cheese (Faux Mac n' Cheese)

This is a comfort food that is requested often, even by the children in the family!

Ingredients: 1 Large head cauliflower or equal amount of fresh florets.
1/2 Cup Half and Half
1/4 Cup 1 % milk
2 oz low fat cream cheese (or full fat if you desire)
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 1/2 cups shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper (no salt is needed!)

Cook the cauliflower by steaming in bag or on the stovetop until slightly tender. Do not over cook or it will not keep the shape and get soggy.
Drain on paper towels, then place in a 8 x 8 baking dish or casserole.

In a saucepan, bring the half and half, milk to a simmer, stir in the cream cheese and mustard until smooth. Stir in 2 cups of the shredded sharp cheese, pepper and garlic powder and whisk until everything melts together.

Pour the mixture over the cauliflower and gently toss to combine evenly.

Top with 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the top is slightly browned. It reheats well for leftovers!

You can spice this up by adding a well drained can of diced green chilies to this casserole!

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