When I think of Easter, there are many traditional dishes that come to mind. I gravitate towards light and fresh, as in roasted lamb with rosemary and honey, asparagus served with lemon, mint, and feta…perhaps some red new potatoes with parsley and sea salt. I do not necessarily think of cauliflower. At all. But let’s trust. For a minute at least, hear me out.
You need to make this. Like, yesterday. It is so easy, so light, so fresh. It’s a great companion to any dish and with this recipe you won’t need an EKG any time soon. I literally convinced my stepsons it was mac and cheese. Just saying...
Buy a large head of cauliflower.
Wash and cut into 1-inch pieces
Fill a pot with an inch or so of water and bring to a boil. Add cauliflower and steam, covered, for about 5 minutes, or until cauliflower can be easily pierced with a fork. When finished, drain and set aside.
In the meantime, prepare 1/4 butter and 1/4 cup flour.
Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat and when it’s just starting to brown, add the flour. Stir together. Reduce heat to low and slowly stir in one cup of milk, whisking until thick.
Add salt and cayenne pepper. Stir in one cup of cheese (mozzarella, parmesan, cheddar- it does not matter- I have tried them all with equal success).
Remove from heat. Stir in 3/4 egg whites (or 4 eggs).
Gently add cauliflower.
Pour into a dish and bake at 300 for an hour and 15 minutes.
Check your pulse. Make sure you’re still breathing.
YUP…alive…life is that good and that easy. NBD.
1 large cauliflower, but into small, 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 cup fat-free milk
1 tsp salt
A few dashes of cayenne pepper
8 oz shredded cheese (mozzarella or parmesan recommended, but any will do)
3/4 cup egg whites (or 4 eggs)
Steam cauliflower until it can be pierced with a fork. Drain and set aside. In a pot, melt butter over medium heat and add flour. Gradually add the milk, whisking often, until thick. Add salt and cayenne pepper. Stir in cheese until melted. Remove pot from heat. Slowly stir in egg whites. Gently mix in cauliflower. Pour into a dish and bake at 300 for 1 hour and 15 minutes.