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Chile Cheese Cauliflower

Chile Cheese Cauliflower

Chile Cheese Cauliflower – a wonderful comfort food, yummy and very tasty. Health food? Not quite, a bit more decadent than that

Chile Cheese Cauliflower – often considered a healthier version of Chile Mac and Cheese, right? Well, it does taste awesome, but when I realized how much butter, flour, and cheese I was putting in for one head of cauliflower, I figured I better not be calling it health or diet food. On the other hand, if you directly compare it to Chile Mac and Cheese, there’s no doubt it’s better for you. And it really is very, very scrumptious and easy to make.

I had planned to put a topping of Ritz cracker crumbs mixed with melted butter on top – but you know what? It just didn’t need it.

This is pretty elegant for a dish that’s easy to put together. Maybe 15 minutes prep time and a half hour to cook. This would make a good Thanksgiving side dish, and the kids would like it. Just adjust the heat with how much chile you put in and how hot the chiles are. Easy peasy. Hope you enjoy this one!

Chile Cheese Cauliflower
 
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Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 medium to large head cauliflower, washed & broken into large florets
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 1 tsp English mustard (Coleman's powdered)
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup diced green chiles (adjust for desired heat)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ⅛ tsp garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Place cauliflower in steamer and steam for 3-5 minutes or until just starting to get tender. Or you could boil it in about an inch of water in a covered pot for 3-5 minutes and drain it.
  3. For the sauce, melt the butter in a medium pan and stir in the flour. Cook over a gentle heat for one minute, then gradually add the milk, a little at a time, stirring well between each addition to keep lumps from forming. Return the pan to a medium heat and bring the mixture to the boil, stirring constantly. Turn heat down to low and simmer while stirring for several minutes to thicken, then remove from the heat.
  4. Add the cheese, mustard, salt, pepper and garlic powder and blend thoroughly. Stir in chiles, adjusting amount to desired heat.
  5. Place the cauliflower in a glass baking dish and pour the sauce over, being sure to evenly cover the cauliflower. Bake for 30 minutes or until nicely browned on top.
  6. Serve topped with green onions, parsley, or cilantro for garnish

 

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