Cheesy Cauliflower Bake

By Rena |

This Cauliflower Bake is a cheesy delicious vegetarian side dish recipe that’s will impress your family and friends. Loaded with flavor, and a low carb alternative to the classic cheesy potato bake. Easy to make, and the perfect side dish to serve for a crowd.

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Our cheesy cauliflower bake recipe will be sure to wow your guests and family. Everyone is going to want to go for seconds and a great way to have your kids eating more vegetables. Made with cauliflower florets, cheddar and Parmesan Cheese, Garlic, milk, herbs, and olive oil. This is a low carb oven-baked cauliflower side dish recipe and to make it keto-friendly, you may skip the flour and use unsweetened almond or coconut milk. Loaded with flavor, this crispy and healthy cauliflower bake will be one of your all-time favorite side dish recipes.

How to make cheesy cauliflower bake

  • Preheat the oven on medium broil and line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Grease a 9×13-inch or other 3-quart baking dish with some oil and set aside.
  • Thoroughly wash the cauliflower and pat the excess moisture with a paper towel. Trim the stem off the cauliflower and cut into florets.
  • Arrange the cauliflower florets in the prepared baking tray, spray with cooking oil and season with some salt and pepper, toss to coat well. Broil for 10-12 minutes, or until charred and tender-crisp.

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  • While the cauliflower cooks, prepare the cheesy sauce. In a heavy skillet, heat the oil on medium heat.
  • Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant. Add flour and whisk quickly until a white froth begins to appear on the top.
  • Carefully and slowly pour the milk; continue whisking until the mixture starts to bubbles.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer until the sauce thickens. Once the sauce is thick and creamy remove from the heat, stir in the cheese, grated nutmeg and mix thoroughly, until cheese is completely melted. Adjust the seasoning to your taste.
  • Remove the cauliflower from the oven and carefully transfer it into the prepared baking dish. Pour the hot bubbling sauce on top; mix until well combined. Top with parmesan cheese.
  • Change the oven settings for 375°F fan-assisted. Bake for 10-12 minutes until hot and bubbly.
  •  Remove from the oven and let cool at room temperature for about 5 minutes. Garnish with parsley and chili flakes if desired. Serve hot and enjoy!

 

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How long to bake cauliflower

It all depends on whether you are baking a whole cauliflower or using cauliflower florets. A whole cauliflower will need 40 minutes or so bake fully until it is fork-tender. Cauliflower florets need 25-30 minutes of baking a 375-400 F preheated oven. It is always best to use your fork to check for doneness. Also, it cut down on baking time, consider steaming the cauliflower for a few minutes in some boiling water before adding to the oven. This is certainly an option and not necessary.

How to store Cheesy Cauliflower Bake

Place leftover baked cauliflower in a tightly sealed container and store in the fridge for 3-4 days. We do not recommend freezing this cheesy baked cauliflower because it will be a bit watery and soggy. But if you must, they last up to 3 months in the freezer, thaw in the fridge the night before and reheat in the microwave and enjoy.

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Cheesy Cauliflower Bake

Easy baked cauliflower recipe with cheese, garlic, nutmeg, and spices.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 151kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 2 medium Heads Cauliflower (about 3 pounds total)
  • Cups Grated White Cheddar or yellow cheddar cheese (light or fat-free)
  • ½ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Cup Milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves minced
  • ½ Tsp Freshly Grated Nutmeg or ground nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp Gluten-Free Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • ½ Tsp Kosher Salt
  • ½ Tsp Freshly ground black pepper divided
  • ½ Tsp Chili Flakes optional
  • 1-2 Tbsp Freshly Chopped Parsley
  • Cooking Oil Spray

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven on medium broil and line a large baking tray with parchment paper. Grease a 9x13-inch or other 3-quart baking dish with some oil and set aside.
  • Thoroughly wash the cauliflower and pat the excess moisture with a paper towel. Trim the stem off the cauliflower and cut into florets.
  • Arrange the cauliflower florets in the prepared baking tray, spray with cooking oil and season with some salt and pepper, toss to coat well.
  • Broil for 10-12 minutes, or until charred and tender-crisp. While the cauliflower is boiling prepare the cheesy sauce.
  • In a heavy skillet, heat the oil on medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant. Add flour and whisk quickly until a white froth begins to appear on the top.
  • Carefully and slowly pour the milk; continue whisking until the mixture starts to bubbles. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer until the sauce thickens.
  • Once the sauce is thick and creamy remove from the heat, stir in the cheese, grated nutmeg and mix thoroughly, until cheese is completely melted.
  • Adjust the seasoning to your taste. Remove the cauliflower from the oven and carefully transfer it into the prepared baking dish.
  • Pour the hot bubbling sauce on top; mix until well combined. Top with parmesan cheese.
  • Change the oven settings for 375°F fan-assisted. Bake for 10-12 minutes until hot and bubbly.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool at room temperature for about 5 minutes. Garnish with parsley and chili flakes if desired. Serve hot and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 436mg | Potassium: 512mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 249IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 242mg | Iron: 1mg
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