This cauliflower-and-broccoli gratin is healthier than traditional gratins thanks to a sauce made with low-fat milk and just enough full-flavored cheese to keep it rich without extra saturated fat and calories. For a healthier cheese-crust topping, opt for cheese crackers made without partially hydrogenated oils. Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2013

Bill Scepansky
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add florets and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute. Drain in a colander and immediately rinse with cold water until cool. Drain well. Spread on a baking sheet or kitchen towel and pat with a clean towel to soak up any excess water.

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch (or similar-size shallow ovenproof dish) with cooking spray.

  • Combine milk, mustard, garlic powder and salt in the large pot; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl; whisk into the simmering milk. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, whisking. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, whisking, for 2 minutes. Add Cheddar, Gruyere and chives; whisk until smooth. Remove from heat.

  • Add the florets to the pot and gently stir to coat with the cheese sauce. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Combine crackers and oil in a small bowl and sprinkle over the vegetables.

  • Bake until the cheese sauce is bubbling and the florets are starting to brown on top, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve warm.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 1, cover and refrigerate florets for up to 1 day. Proceed with Steps 2-5 about 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts

218 calories; 11 g total fat; 4.2 g saturated fat; 17 mg cholesterol; 449 mg sodium. 311 mg potassium; 21.4 g carbohydrates; 3.1 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 9.5 g protein; 939 IU vitamin a iu; 53 mg vitamin c; 127 mcg folate; 222 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 29 mg magnesium;

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11/12/2013
Yum!!! Great side dish for holiday meals This was SO good! I added a bit more cheese (probably about 1/4 cup more). I also didn't have chives so I used fresh dill & in place of the crackers I used breadcrumbs. It was a really good recipe! I would totally recommend this. Pros: Easy simple ingredients & delicious! Read More