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    Cauliflower Gratin With Manchego and Almond Sauce

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    1 hr

    30 mins

    30 mins

    NcMysteryShopper's Note:

    This outrageously rich sauce, flavored with salty, nutty Manchego, gets poured on sautéed cauliflower and baked until it's golden and bubbling. MAKE AHEAD: The gratin can be prepared through Step 4 and refrigerated overnight. Bring it to room temperature before baking.

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Preheat the oven to 400°; In a small saucepan, heat the half-and-half until steaming, then transfer it to a food processor or blender; Add the 1/2 cup of whole almonds and process until finely ground; Let stand for 10 minutes; Strain the half-and-half through a fine sieve set over a bowl, pressing on the almonds to extract as much liquid as possible; Discard the ground almonds.
    2. 2
      In a medium saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter; Add the flour and whisk over moderately high heat for 1 minute; Add the milk and the half-and-half and cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, 5 minutes; Remove from the heat; Add 3/4 cup of the Manchego and whisk until melted; Whisk in the nutmeg; season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.
    3. 3
      In a large skillet, bring 1/2 inch of salted water to a boil; Add the cauliflower, cover and cook over high heat until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes; Drain the cauliflower in a colander; Wipe out the skillet.
    4. 4
      Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in the skillet; Add the onion and cook over moderately high heat, stirring until lightly browned, about 5 minutes; Add the cauliflower and cook, stirring until lightly golden, about 2 minutes; Season lightly with salt and pepper; Transfer the cauliflower to a 7-by-10-inch glass or ceramic baking dish and spread the Manchego sauce on top.
    5. 5
      Sprinkle the gratin with the remaining cheese, the 2 tablespoons of chopped almonds and the paprika and bake in the center of the oven for 20 minutes, or until bubbling and browned on top; Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 10, 2012

      55

      This was a very nice vegetable dish. Lovely combination of flavors. I did use frozen cauliflower florets, thawed and drained. I also did not strain the almonds from the half and half and it was delicious. Served this as a side dish to Barcelona Style Pork Tenderloin With Sherry & Peppers. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    • on December 23, 2009

      55

      I love Manchego, this is very close to what we are doing for Christmas Eve Dinner. I like the detail in the instructions, NcMysteryShopper has done the home work on this one.

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    • on September 15, 2007

      55

      I made this for Thanksgiving 2006. It was really great. I loved the aroma of the almonds and 1/2 and 1/2. I will definately make this again. Thanks :)

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    Nutritional Facts for Cauliflower Gratin With Manchego and Almond Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (267 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 271.3
     
    Calories from Fat 183
    67%
    Total Fat 20.3 g
    31%
    Saturated Fat 8.4 g
    42%
    Cholesterol 35.6 mg
    11%
    Sodium 125.4 mg
    5%
    Total Carbohydrate 17.4 g
    5%
    Dietary Fiber 4.9 g
    19%
    Sugars 6.4 g
    25%
    Protein 8.6 g
    17%

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