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White Cheddar Cauliflower Gratin

White Cheddar Cauliflower Gratin
  • Meal

    Side Dish

  • Cusine

    American

Ingredients

1

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion

1 tsp minced garlic

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups milk

1 pinch ground nutmeg

1 1/2 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese

1/2 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese

2/3 cup Panko bread crumbs

Olive oil cooking spray

3 slices bacon, chopped and cooked

1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook florets until tender but still firm, about 5 - 6 minutes. Drain well. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Add in onions and saute until softened, about 4 - 5 minutes. Add in garlic and saute 20 seconds longer. Add in flour and cook whisking constantly, 1 1/2 minutes. While whisking slowly pour in milk and add nutmeg. Whisk constantly until mixture reaches a boil, then remove from heat and stir in 1 1/4 cups cheddar cheese and the parmesan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour and spread 1/3 of the cheese sauce into a 9 by 9-inch baking dish. Top with drained cauliflower then slowly and evenly pour remaining 2/3 of the cheese sauce over cauliflower. Sprinkle over remaining 1/4 cup white cheddar then sprinkle evenly with Panko. Spray Panko with olive oil cooking spray to lightly coat. Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes, then broil for 1 - 2 minutes to help brown further as needed. Remove from oven, sprinkle with bacon and parsley and serve warm.