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Cauliflower & Green Apple Gratin with Swiss Cheese
Cheesy Goodness
nebet_het wrote in original_cins
This dish just disappeared at mark_a_morgan's birthday dinner. I almost didn't even get a taste of it myself;)

Cauliflower works really well for this as it is somewhat mild in flavor and the texture comes out so well. Because I was serving this with a nice honey mustard glazed ham I was inspired to add the tart Granny Smith apple and use Swiss instead of a more typical Cheddar although that would work as well.

1 medium sized head of cauliflower
2 cups of shredded Swiss cheese
1 Granny Smith apple cubed
2 tblsp of butter
2 tblsp of flour
1 cup of milk

Trim the head of cauliflower and then blanch in boiling water and drain. Dump the cauliflower into a casserole dish along with the apple breaking up any big chunks of cauliflower as needed to fit in the dish. I used an 8" round dish.

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan (you can use the same one you blanched the cauliflower in) and add flour to make a light roux. Season with a bit of salt and pepper and after the roux has cooked for a minute or two add the milk and whisk or stir to incorporate the roux. Turn the heat up and continue stirring to make sure the roux is not sticking to the bottom of the pan. Once the sauce comes to a boil or nearly there it will thicken up nicely. Once it has done this turn off the heat and add the grated cheese a handful at a time stirring as it melts in. Once all the cheese is in and melted taste for seasoning then pour over the cauliflower & apple. Bake in a 350 ° oven for about 20 minutes or until the top is slightly golden brown. You can also add some breadcrumbs on the top before baking if you want a nice bit of crunchy top.

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