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Crispy Cheddar Cauliflower

This is a really fun way to cook a whole head of cauliflower - stuff it with cheddar, and top it with crispy Parmesan breadcrumbs! It's delicious and tastes extra decadent, all while keeping cauliflower as the star. If you were looking for a way to convince your kids to eat this veggie, this is it!

Crispy Cheddar Cauliflower
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Crispy Cheddar Cauliflower

Category

Main Course Side Dish

Servings

4

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

30 minutes

Calories

380

Author:

Giada De Laurentiis

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Ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 head cauliflower, (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • One 8-ounce block white Cheddar cheese, (cut into 1/2-inch logs (about 20 pieces))

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Sprinkle generously with salt. Trim the base of the cauliflower so the stem is flat to the head but without cutting off any florets. Blanch the cauliflower until just beginning to soften, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove to a plate to cool slightly.
  3. In a small skillet, heat the butter until melted. Add the breadcrumbs and 1/2 teaspoon salt and toast until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Set aside to cool completely. Stir in the Parmesan and basil.
  4. Gently begin to create space in between the florets and stuff each space with a log of Cheddar. Continue until all the pieces of cheese are used. Press the toasted breadcrumbs on top of the cauliflower. Place in a small baking dish and bake until the cauliflower is tender all the way through and the breadcrumbs are golden, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition

Nutrition

per serving
Calories
380
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Carbs
16 grams
Protein
21 grams
Fat
27 grams
Saturated Fat
17 grams
Cholesterol
79 milligrams
Sodium
558 milligrams
Fiber
5 grams
Sugar
5 grams
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5 reviews & comments

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    Cleo de Lima
    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    Simplesmente Maravilhoso. que Delicia :)

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    Maria Kelly
    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    Absolutely delicious from a person who hardly ever comments!!

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    Cinthia Paiz
    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    Really easy to make. I did not add salt to the breadcrumbs and left out the basil (I didn't have any), but the dish was still very delicious. Breadcrumbs didn't burn in the oven for me. Will be making it again.

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    Maria Kelly

    This is the best cauliflower recipe ever!!! The only thing I changed is I used home made breadcrumbs made from whole grain sprouted bread. Thank you Giadzy!

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    TD hathcock
    ★★★★★
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    if you follow the recipe the breadcrumbs will burn in the oven.

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