Cauliflower baked in a creamy goat cheese sauce. Serve with brown rice as a vegetarian main dish. Quick, easy and the essence of comfort food.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  •  2 ounces (or more) goat cheese
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs + additional 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter a shallow baking dish.

butter dish

Cut cauliflower into florets or small bite-size chunks.

chunks

Put in bowl and cover with saran wrap. Microwave on high for 5- 6 minutes, or till tender.

saran

While cauliflower is in the microwave, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan.  When melted, add the 2 tablespoons flour. Whisk in the flour and stir until it forms a paste. Cook until it smells like bread.

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Add milk, stirring with the whisk until smooth. Cook over low heat, stirring until thick. Add the sour cream and goat cheese; stir over low heat.

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Stir in the cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper and remove from heat.

cayenne

Arrange the cauliflower in the buttered dish, and pour the sauce over it. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over the top; dot with small pieces of the extra tablespoon of butter.

breadcrumbs

Here’s the kind of breadcrumbs I use but any kind is good.

breadcrumbs box

Bake until bubbly and browned on top, about 40 minutes. 

dory cauliflower

Serve it with the rice and a green salad. Variations: arrange cherry tomatoes and black olives around the side of the baking dish before baking to add color and flavor.