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Cauliflower Green Chile “Mac” and Cheese

Cauliflower Green Chile “Mac” and Cheese

Occasionally, we feel a twinge of guilt about how often creamy mac and cheese finds its way into our weekly dinner rotation. A homemade cheese sauce and a spicy kick from jalapeños and green chiles take this recipe from supporting side dish to star of the dinner show.MORE+LESS-

Updated November 13, 2018

8

cups cauliflower flowerets

1/2

cup heavy whipping cream

1/4

cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour

1 1/2

cups shredded Cheddar cheese (6 oz)

1/4

cup chopped green onions (4 small)

1

can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles

1

medium jalapeño chile, seeded and thinly sliced, if desired

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  • 1

    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 8-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.

  • 2

    Place cauliflower and water in large microwavable bowl. Cover; microwave on High 12 minutes; drain. Season with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt.

  • 3

    In 1-cup glass measuring cup, mix milk and whipping cream. In 4-quart or larger Dutch oven, melt butter over low heat. With whisk, stir in flour and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt until smooth. Increase heat to medium; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Gradually stir in milk mixture. Increase heat to medium-high; heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute; reduce heat to medium. Stir in cheese. Cook until melted, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in cauliflower, green onions and green chiles. Pour into baking dish.

  • 4

    Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly around edges and lightly browned.

  • 5

    Garnish with sliced jalapeño chiles.

Expert Tips

  • Partially cooking the cauliflower in the microwave before adding to casserole shortens the oven time and results in a crispy, tender texture.
  • Want more spice? Substitute shredded pepper Jack cheese for the Cheddar.
  • You can save time by using precut cauliflower flowerets.
  • You should always wear kitchen gloves or wash your hands after handling jalapeños, as it can burn if you touch your eyes or face.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
310
Calories from Fat
210
% Daily Value
Total Fat
23g
36%
Saturated Fat
14g
70%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
65mg
22%
Sodium
530mg
22%
Potassium
520mg
15%
Total Carbohydrate
15g
5%
Dietary Fiber
3g
13%
Sugars
5g
Protein
11g
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Vitamin C
60%
60%
Calcium
30%
30%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:

1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


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