Cauliflower With Bechamel Sauce Recipe - Cavolfiore Colla Balsamella

Cauliflower and bechamel sauce
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 60 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Artusi takes on cauliflower with his customary directness: "All cabbage, be it white, black, yellow, or green, is the son or stepson of Eolus, the God of winds, and therefore those who can't tolerate wind should know that these plants are, for them, true crosses (i.e. punishments to be born), and not just called crucifere because their flowers have four petals in the shape of a cross."


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Remove the leaves and the green ribs from a large cauliflower, make a deep X-shaped cut in the stalk, and boil it in salt water till a fork penetrates into the flowerlets.

  3. Drain the Cauliflower, break it up into little pieces, and finish cooking it in a pan with two tablespoons of butter, seasoning it with salt and pepper.

  4. Transfer the Cauliflower to a heatproof dish, dust it with grated Parmigiano, cover it with béchamel sauce.

  5. Bake it in a 375 F (185 C) oven for 10 minutes, or broil it till the top is browned.

  6. Artusi suggests this be served between courses, or with stewed meat or boiled chicken.

Glass Bakeware Warning

Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven-safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.