Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Lemon Cauliflower Cheese

Another delicious vegetable that is in season right now is cauliflower! My family's favourite way to enjoy cruciferous veggie is baked with a lemon cheese sauce ~ it's delicious and simple to prepare, requiring few ingredients.
1 head of cauliflower, cut into florettes
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 tsp lemon pepper (or 1/2 each of salt and pepper)
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp lemon rind
2 egg yolks, beaten
1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Cook the cauliflower in a pot of boiling water until softened. Drain and place in a 9"x9" casserole dish and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in the pot over medium-high heat and whisk in the flour. Once combined, slowly add the milk as you are whisking. Keep whisking as you bring the mixture to a boil and it thickens. Reduce the heat to medium.
  • Add the lemon pepper, paprika, lemon rind and egg yolks, working quickly to avoid the egg and lemon splitting the mixture (causing it to get the appearance of scrambled eggs).
  • Add half the cheese and whisk until smooth.
  • Pour the cheese sauce over the cauliflower and top with the remaining grated cheese. Place in oven for 15 -20 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown on top.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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