Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Cheese Sauce
- Gluten Free
Why we love it:
- 1 head Cauliflower
- 2 cups Heavy Cream (or half & half)
- 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder (divided)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon Dry Mustard
- 1⁄2 teaspoon Black Pepper
- 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt (divided)
- 4 ounces Mozzarella (shredded)
- 4 ounces Cheddar Cheese
- Crusty Bread (a loaf)
- 4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (divided)
- 2 cups Frozen Peas
- 4 cups Spring Mix Salad Greens
- 4 teaspoons Salad Dressing (vinaigrette, or olive oil + balsamic vinegar)
1. CAULIFLOWER PART 1
Trim the bottom stem end off the cauliflower and remove any overgrown, browned, yellow or wilted leaves; tender green ones can stay. Place in a large pot with a lid, and add 2 cups of water. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Steam/boil for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring the cream to a gentle simmer in a medium saucepan - keep your eye on it as it will overflow if it boils too hard. Once simmering, add the garlic, dry mustard, black pepper and about a ½ teaspoon of salt. Turn off the heat and whisk in the cheese in small batches. Whisk until it’s smooth. Set aside.
3. PREHEAT OVEN TO BROIL
4. CAULIFLOWER PART 2
Carefully lift the cauliflower out of the pot and the water and place it on a lined baking sheet or casserole dish. Place in the preheating oven for 2 - 3 minutes to help dry out the water. Then remove it. Season with a good pinch of salt and spoon ½ of the cheese sauce over top and return to the broiler for 3 - 5 minutes. Slide out once more, coat with the remaining cheese sauce and return to the broiler until it’s golden browned all over; you might need to rotate a few times.
Slice slabs of bread and spread with most of the butter (reserve about a teaspoon). Evenly top with garlic powder, a pinch of salt, and place on a baking sheet. Add to the broiler and cook until golden brown.
Heat the remaining butter in a sauté pan and add the peas. Add a pinch of salt. Sauté for 4 minutes or until bright green and hot throughout.
Toss the greens with the vinaigrette.
I love to serve this family style - move the whole cauliflower onto a platter, scraping up any extra cheese sauce to go with! Surround with salad, bread and peas. Slice the cauliflower into 4 quarters to serve.