Baked Cauliflower with Cheesy Broccoli Sauce

Time: 1 hour & 30 minutes

Sweet Dreams are made of cauliflower and broccoli? When my oldest was very young, we had to hide the broccoli until he ate other food, as he’d only eat a plate of steamed broccoli (without cheese sauce)… 20 years later, he (and his siblings) still love broccoli. I like this recipe as it uses a head of cauliflower and a head of broccoli! So healthy, a bit of work, but well worth it! Enjoy.

Music Selection: Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This

Ingredients:

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets

2 cloves garlic, minced

¼ cup butter

¼ cup flour

2 ½ cups milk

Optional: 1 tsp chicken bouillon

1 head broccoli, chopped up

1 cup panko bread crumbs

2 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped finely

¼ cup flaked almonds

Olive oil

3 cups grated cheddar cheese (or you can use gouda or swiss cheese)

Salt/pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 deg F.

In large sauce pan, saute’ garlic in the butter. When fragrant, add in flour to mix well into a paste.

Slowly stream in the milk and use a whisk to heat and thicken. If adding bouillon, add it now. Add the broccoli and let simmer about 20 minutes, until broccoli is cooked. Use a stick blender to puree the sauce (remove it from heat before doing this though). Once blended, add 1 cup of the cheddar cheese and mix well.

In large baking dish (9 x 13), butter it well. Place the cauliflower florets evenly.

Pour over the broccoli sauce. Then sprinkle on remaining cheddar.

In a bowl, mix the panko, almonds, salt/pepper and thyme well. Add a dash or two of olive oil. Spread evenly over the cauliflower. Place in oven and bake for one hour. Serve immediately.

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