Friday, June 18, 2010

Cauliflower Au Gratin

What a surprise this delicious side dish turned out to be! Once again, I utilized another vegetable that DF did not like and turned it into something that he loved and was even caught "cleaning the bowl" with the spoon. It more closely tasted like mashed potatoes with a delicious cheesy, crunchy top. Another vegetable side winner here!

Cauliflower Au Gratin

1 Head Cauliflower
1/2 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 cup fat free sour cream
2 T fat-free half and half
1/2 t seasoned salt
1/4 t pepper
Cooking Spray
1/4 cup Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs (I used Panko instead and added Italian seasoning)
1 t butter, melted
1/2 t Cracker Girl Seasoning (My mom brought me this and it is fabulous...its a spicy seasoning that I use in a lot of it!)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Cut cauliflower lengthwise into quarters, removing outer leaves and stalk and break into florets. Steam, covered, in a Dutch oven 8 minutes or until tender
3. Place 2 cups cauliflower, 1/4 cup cheese and next 4 ingredients in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Place remaining cauliflower in a bowl, and stir in pureed cauliflower mixture. Spoon into a 1.5 quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine remaining 1/4 cup cheese, breadcrumbs, and butter in a small bowl, tossing well with a fork. Sprinkle crumb mixture over cauliflower mixture.
4. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or under golden and bubbly.


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