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It's a pretty well-known fact that cheese sauce improves any vegetable side dish. Here I've done a quick steamed cauliflower, drizzled over a pungent Gruyere cheese sauce, sprinkled with a bread crumb, cayenne, Parmesan topping and broiled it for a crispy crust. In about 25 minutes you'll have a nice wintery side dish to accompany any hearty main. To boost the cauliflower flavor, roast or broil it in the oven instead of steaming - but here I wanted a quick, weeknight side.
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Cauliflower with Gruyere Sauce

February 20, 2011

30 min or less active, 30 min or less total, fall, side

It's a pretty well-known fact that cheese sauce improves any vegetable side dish. Here I've done a quick steamed cauliflower, drizzled over a pungent Gruyere cheese sauce, sprinkled with a bread crumb, cayenne, Parmesan topping and broiled it for a crispy crust. In about 25 minutes you'll have a nice wintery side dish to accompany any hearty main. To boost the cauliflower flavor, roast or broil it in the oven instead of steaming - but here I wanted a quick, weeknight side.

Information

Servings: 4
Time: About 15 minutes active; 25 minutes total
Price: About $4.00 total; $1.00 per serving
Nutrition (per serving):
Calories: 122.4
Protein: 8.2g
Fat: 4.7g
Saturated fat: 2.2g
Carbohydrates: 13.6g
Fiber: 3.8g
Sodium: 455.4mg
Cholesterol: 10.7mg
High In:
Good Source:
Low In:

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup soy milk, divided
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 head cauliflower (about 1 lb), chopped into bit-sized pieces
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 oz Gruyere cheese, grated (or a good quality Swiss)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 oz Parmesan, grated
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp chives or parsley, chopped

Preparation

  1. Preheat broiler on high heat. Meanwhile in a medium bowl, add 1/4 cup soy milk, cauliflower and salt. Put a plate on as a lid and microwave 2 minutes until crisp-tender (nuke up to 4 minutes for a softer veg).
  2. Drain milk from cauliflower into a medium pot. Whisk together remaining 1/2 cup soy milk and flour. Add to pot and cook over medium heat 2-3 minutes until thickened and slightly golden (this is a b├ęchamel sauce). Remove from heat and add Gruyere, garlic, mustard and pepper. Stir until cheese is melted.
  3. Spray a 2 QT baking dish with cooking spray. Put cauliflower in the dish and cover with cheese sauce. Mix until all the cauliflower is well coated.
  4. In a small bowl, mix bread crumbs, Parmesan and cayenne. Sprinkle evenly over cauliflower. Broil 2-3 minutes until bread crumbs are nicely browned. Top with chopped chives or parsley and serve hot.

One thought on “Cauliflower with Gruyere Sauce

  1. Lungile

    Here I was, all excited to get some Chinese food for lunch and then I see this.I will be eanitg my eggplant in garlic sauce, thinking all the while that it is not a grilled ham and cheese sammich topped with a melty, oozy egg.

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