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Creamed Cauliflower

Creamed Cauliflower is a wonderfully creamy and cheesy side dish with a Parmesan/bread crumb topping. So rich and delicious!

Creamed Cauliflower in a blue baking dish.

Vegetarian Casserole

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.

Plenty of Cheese Flavor

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. There’s also some Parmesan cheese for additional flavor.

Creamed Cauliflower in blue baking dish.

Crispy Topping

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.

How To Serve

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.

Variation and Substitutions

  • Use broccoli in place of cauliflower.
  • Double the amount of cayenne pepper to make it spicier.
  • Use gruyere cheese instead of cheddar cheese.

How To Store

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 days.

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Creamed Cauliflower in a blue baking dish.

Creamed Cauliflower

Creamed Cauliflower is hearty, creamy casserole-type dish with a crispy bread crumb topping. It's a truly delicious vegetarian casserole.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 30 minutes
TOTAL: 45 minutes
SERVINGS: 8 to 10 servings


  • 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.


Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands of products used. Not to be used for specific dietary needs.


Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 464mg | Potassium: 584mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1326IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 257mg | Iron: 1mg
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Casserole, vegetarian

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Originally published September 28, 2015.


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24 thoughts on “Creamed Cauliflower”

  1. This recipe looks amazing. Can it be prepared and refrigerated the day before Thanksgiving and then be baked and served the next day?

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