This delicious, cheesy recipe is reminiscent of your favorite mac-n-cheese, but without the high carbs/starch content. It’s a wonderful vegetarian or low carb-dish.
If you prefer a gluten-free option use 1 1/2 Tablespoons of arrowroot powder or tapioca flour instead of flour.
* 1 large head cauliflower (1 1/2 lb.), cut into medium florets (8 cups)
* 2 Tbs. butter or margarine
* 3 Tbs. all-purpose flour
* 2 cups low-fat milk
* 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.)
* 2 cups grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
* 1 pinch cayenne pepper
* 2 egg yolks
* 1 c. Panko Breadcrumbs (*optional)
Preheat the oven to 350F
Steam the cauliflower florets until slightly tender. (You can do this by boiling a pot of water- salt it lightly), and cooking them for approx 6 minutes. I use our Orka Vegetable steamer pan and cook for 4 minutes.
In the meantime, in a medium saucepan melt butter, whisk in flour and cook for 1 full minute, whisking constantly.
Add garlic and milk, stirring constantly over medium heat until mixture thickens, remove from heat and stir in cheese, cayenne pepper, and egg yolks, whisking constantly until smooth.
If you intend to make this a low carb dish, omit the breadcrumbs!
Spray a 9×13 pan generously with cooking spray, add steamed cauliflower florets, pour cheese sauce over the cauliflower, making sure to coat all pieces well. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs (lightly spray breadcrumbs with cooking spray if you want them to brown well!), bake at 350F for 30 minutes
This makes a hearty meatless main dish or a delightful side dish with grilled meats.
Serves 8 (1 cup each)