Baked Cauliflower with Pepper Jack Cheese

Serves: 8

Enjoy this flavorful side dish, this classic French dish is made with Monterey Jack cheese.


  • 1 (3-pound) head cauliflower, cut into large florets
  • Salt for cooking cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 ounces Pepper Jack cheese (divided use)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook cauliflower in a large pot of salted water. The cauliflower should be tender, but firm. The cooking time should be 5 to 6 minutes.
  2. While the cauliflower is cooking, start the cheese sauce. Melt two tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan. When the butter has melted completely add the flour. Cook flour for 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly begin to add milk, which each addition of milk the sauce should thicken.
  3. When all of the milk is added add 4 ounces of cheese. Stir in the cheese until it melts completely. Place cooked cauliflower into a large casserole dish. Pour cheese sauce over the cauliflower. Sprinkle remaining 4 ounces of cheese over the cauliflower.
  4. Place the cauliflower into the oven and bake for another 15 minutes. When the cheese should begin to brown slightly the gratin is done.

SmartPoints: 6