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Caramelized Onion Cauliflower Gratin

Oh my……YUM!  I had a head of cauliflower that I had to use soon before it went bad, but was tired of the same old roasted cauliflower.  As good as it is, I needed something different.  I also had an onion that was close to expiration, and so I thought I’d caramelize it (my favorite way to eat an onion) and figure out what to do with it later.  I never thought this would be as decadently delicious as it turned out.  The Greek Yogurt adds a wonderful creaminess and the onions add so much richness and flavor.  This will definitely become a staple in my house!

Cauliflower is one of the most versatile veggies.  With a mild flavor that takes on what its paired with, it can be delicious simply roasted with salt, pepper and a little bit of parmesan, mashed in place of potatoes, made into rice, pizza crusts, etc.  The possibilities are endless! Also, with a nutrition profile like this , it’s a food you definitely want to include on a regular basis! Cauliflower is low in fat, low in carbohydrates but high in fiber, folate, water and Vitamin C possessing a high nutritional density.  It also contains several phytochemicals common to veggies in the cabbage family.

Caramelized Onion Cauliflower Gratin

(serves 4)

1 medium sized head of cauliflower

1 large onion, caramelized (see instructions below)

2 Tbsp. buttter

3 Tbsp. cream cheese

2 Tbsp. grated parmigiano-reggianno cheese 

1/4 cup Greek Yogurt (I used FAGE nonfat)

1 cup shredded cheddar

Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Heat a large non-stick skillet to medium heat and melt butter.  Slice onion into thin strips and add to pan.  Sprinkle with salt to “sweat” the onions.  This will draw out some of their liquid.

Saute until translucent, stirring frequently.  When onions just start to brown, turn heat down to medium-low.  Cook for approx. 20 minutes until caramelized. Set aside.

Cut cauliflower into small florets

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt.  Boil cauliflower for 6 minutes or until very tender (test with fork). Drain and return to the pan.  Add the cream cheese, grated parmigiano-reggiano, Greek yogurt, salt and pepper and mash using a handheld potato masher.

Mash until all ingredients are well mixed.

Stir in caramelized onions and pour mixture into an 8×8 baking dish.  Top with shredded cheese.

Bake for 15-20 mins. or until cheese is bubbly. Enjoy!

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