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Cheesy Cauliflower

Having the family over for dinner and need some help with your side dishes? Look no further than this easy, delicious crowd favorite. Cheesy cauliflower casserole is easy to make, flexible to ingredient substitutions, and involves largely hands-off cooking. It is the perfect warm, comforting dish to compliment any family meal. Read below to follow along with the recipe & don’t forget to upload a picture and tag @NevadaMilk when you try this delicious holiday dish out for yourself!

Cheesy Cauliflower

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • 1 large head cauliflower (can substitute with a head of broccoli or do half and half)
  • 2 tbsp butter; plus more for pan greasing
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup grated white or yellow cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyère (can also use white or yellow cheddar cheese)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp freshly chopped thyme
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
  • salt & black pepper
  • freshly chopped parsley, for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 375-degree F and grease a medium-sized casserole dish with butter. Chop up cauliflower head into smaller bushels. Cook down cauliflower for 3 minutes in a large pot of boiling, salted water. Transfer cauliflower with a slotted spoon to a bowl of ice water to cool. Drain and lay cauliflower on a baking sheet lined with paper towels to completely dry.
  • Next, we will prepare our cheesy sauce, also known as preparing a “roux!” In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant. Whisk in flour and cook until flour is golden and starts to bubble, about 1 minute more. Add milk slowly and stir until mixture comes to a simmer. Boil for 1 minute until slightly thickened.
  • Turn off heat and add 1 cup Gruyère, Parmesan, nutmeg and thyme. Stir until cheese has melted, then season with salt and pepper.
  • Now it’s time to layer our ingredients. Add about half the cauliflower to your greased casserole dish, then pour in half of the cream mixture. Repeat with remaining cauliflower and cream, then top with 1 cup of cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until bubbly and golden on top.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve warm.