Cauliflower is my vegetarian daughter’s favorite vegetable so I buy a head of it pretty much every time I go to the grocery store. She usually eats it raw or steams it and puts it in a stir-fry but I’ve been dying to make a hearty, creamy casserole-type dish with a crispy bread crumb topping.
This Creamed Cauliflower is really rich and decadent. Like the name suggests, it contains a lot of cream, but boy does cauliflower taste good in cream. Of course, it’s not likely that anything cooked in cream is going to taste bad, but I think cauliflower and cream are made for each other.
I added a cup of shredded cheddar cheese which I thought was just the right amount to give it some cheese flavor, but not make it the predominant flavor.
On top, some buttery bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese for more flavor and a little texture contrast. And everyone wants to dig in when they see buttery breadcrumbs no matter what’s underneath them.
Since this casserole is so heavy, it’s a good one to serve for the holidays when you’re going all out anyways. Or serve it with something very light for a weeknight meal. I personally like a small little bowl of this with a big green salad.
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- 2 medium heads cauliflower, cut into florets
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- Steam cauliflower until crisp-tender.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a casserole dish. I use one slightly smaller than a 9X13-inch pan.
- In a large skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add green onions and garlic and cook 1 minute.
- Add flour and cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute.
- Gradually whisk in heavy cream and milk. Cook until bubbly and thickened.
- Stir in salt, black pepper, dried sage, and red pepper.
- Add cheddar cheese and remove from heat. Stir until melted. Check for seasoning and add more salt if desired.
- Add cauliflower to cheese mixture and then pour entire mixture into prepared casserole dish.
- In a small bowl, combine Panko crumbs, Parmesan cheese and melted butter. Scatter over top of cauliflower. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.