Cauliflower au Gratin

I am certain some of you are going to think that cauliflower is not something that you would eat, but it is truly good. In fact it is one of my children’s favorite. It is more of a winter recipe because it is so rich, but the cauliflower looked so good in its display that I could not leave it there;-) Ha ha..Anyway I usually cook it as a meal, but it would be great as a side to a winter meal.

Ingredients: 1 cauliflower head, 2 cups of low fat or even skim milk, 2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese, 1 pound of lean ham cut and diced in small squares. 4 tbsp of flour, 2 tbsp of butter.

Cut the florets out of the cauliflower and place them in a large round silicon mold. Place the octogonal on top of the large round mold and microwave for 5 minutes. While the cauliflower is cooking, prepare la sauce Bechamel. In a small saucepan, melt 2 tbsp of butter. When the butter is melting, add the 4 tbsp of flour and mix well to make a roux. When the flour is turning golden, throw in the milk and stir until the sauce is thickening. When the sauce is thicker, but still a bit runny, add 1 cup of cheese and mix well. Season with pepper and salt. Set aside.  Remove the cauliflower from the microwave, and add the diced ham. Mix so that the ham will be all around the cauliflower. Pour in the sauce. Top with the remaining cup of cheddar cheese, and bake at 375 for 15 minutes. Miam

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!