A few weeks went by while I ignored it totally. Then today inspiration hit. I wanted to try make something I've seen called Cauliflower Au Gratin or Cauliflower "Mac" N Cheese. While I went with the 2nd title, honestly no one would mistake this for a Mac N Cheese. There is a texture and heaviness to pasta that cauliflower doesn't offer. But I learned today there is an upside. Because there was no pasta, you got all that creamy rich cheesy sauce in a lighter dish. I wasn't groaning and bloated afterwards. And my husband - the meat and potatoes guy - said this was thumbs up great. So I'll be making it a gain.
There were so many recipes to choose from, but I decided to start with one listed on the Taylor Farms website. They sell all kinds of packaged vegetables including stir fry mixes, coleslaw mixes, cauliflower pearls and more. I made minor changes - mostly adding fresh onion and garlic, and I buttered the crumbs on top. I also didn't have sharp cheddar laying around, so went with what I had which was a shredded Tex Mex blend. And I didn't have an 8 x 8 pan so went with at 9 x 7ish I had. I used 3% milk and loved it that way, but you could use half & half or cream if you need MORE.
If you can find Cauliflower Pearls or Rice in the freezer section of your store, this is a great product to get you started. Once I've tried several recipes, I'll probably move to making the cauliflower pearls myself in my food processor. But while I'm just experimenting, the frozen product makes it so much easier.
Enjoy!= = = =
Cauliflower "Mac" N Cheese
4 Servings as a side dish
1 lb. Cauliflower pearls or rice (frozen, fresh or you can grate your own)
1/2 Medium size sweet onion, finely diced
4 T Butter, divided
2 T Flour
Preheat Oven to 375 degrees. Prepare an 8" x 8" baking dish (butter, oil or cooking spray). Cook your grated, riced or pearl cauliflower in the microwave on high for about 5 minutes or as directed on the package. Microwaves vary, and the size of your cauliflower will affect that time.