Roasted Cauliflower With Parmesan & Pancetta

"Courtesy of Giada DeLaurentiis. The addition of red pepper flakes gives this cauliflower a bite. If you don't like spicy eliminate the red pepper flakes and you still have an amazing side dish."
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  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.
  • Blanch the cauliflower for 2 minutes.
  • Transfer the cauliflower to a buttered 9x13 inch baking dish and let cool, about 5 minutes.
  • In a small skillet over medium high heat, brown the pancetta. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, melt the butter. Add the flour and stir until combined.
  • Continue stirring and cook for 2 minutes to cook the flour.
  • Take off the heat and slowly add the milk, stirring continuously until the milk has incorporated and there are no lumps.
  • Put back on low heat, add garlic clove and red pepper flakes and stir the sauce over low heat until the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Add the parmesan, salt, pepper, nutmeg and the reserved pancetta. Stir to combine.
  • Pour the sauce over the cauliflower to cover.
  • Top with a sprinkling of breadcrumbs.
  • Bake until the breadcrumbs are golden and the cauliflower is cooked, about 25 minutes. Serve immediately.

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  1. I liked this but DH didn't really care for it. I would make again if he's not around. It is very good with the pancetta.
  2. Absolutely rich and fabulous!!! Made this one just as stated other than dropping in a few more cloves of garlic. Super rich, super decadent. My husband almost ate the whole pan himself. Neither my 2 or 4 year old liked this...but who cares? More for us!!! ;) Will definitely make this one again. VERY company worthy! Pics to follow soon. Made for Fall Pac 2008.


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