Thursday, September 18, 2008

Cauliflower Au Gratin

With the extra time on my hands earlier this week, the boys and I spent some extra time in the kitchen. This is a quick and easy twist on potato gratin that is low carb, light and really tasty. I decided to wing it and loved it on the first try. Both the boys ate it up!

Cauliflower Au Gratin

1 large cauliflower head, cut into florets
4 oz light cream cheese
1/2 c sharp cheddar cheese, diced
1/2 c skim milk
1 T cornstarch
1/4 t nutmeg
1/2 t salt
1/4 t ground pepper
3 T grated parmesan
3 T panko or regular breadcrumbs

Steam the cauliflower in a large pot for about 5-6 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place the cauliflower in an au gratin or 9x13 glass pan.

In a metal or glass bowl, mix the cheeses and milk. Place in the pot that has the water from steaming (sort of like a double boiler). Mix until the cheese melts and incorporates in the milk. Add the cornstarch (add a little bit of the warm milk/cheese mixture to it in a small bowl first to avoid lumps) and spices, and wisk constantly until the mixture thickens. Pour the cheese mixture over the top of the cauliflower.

Sprinkle top with parmesan and panko. Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until slightly brown on top.

(amazed at the beauty of this picture? Don't despair, a new camera is in the works...)



The Mrs. said...

I am sooooooo making this!

JerseyBaby said...

Made this tonight. Soooo good, though the kids didn't love it like I was hoping. Guess we'll stick with straight out roasted cauliflower, which they do love.