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Cauliflower and ham gratin

Sometimes what you can whip up with some odds and ends from the refrigerator makes for a pleasant surprise. A couple of hard-boiled eggs. A hunk of ham. Yes, even some leftover cooked cauliflower. (Really. Save it and use it ... Read more

Active work time: 20 minutes | Total preparation time: 40 minutes | Serves 4 to 6
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • Salt, pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound cooked cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 pound diced ham
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 3/4 cup fresh bread crumbs

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 2-quart casserole or baking dish.

Step 2Melt the butter over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Add the garlic and cook it until very fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in the flour and continue cooking while stirring another 2 minutes. Whisk in the chicken broth and milk and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 3 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and the cayenne.

Step 3Pour the sauce into a large bowl. Stir in the cauliflower, ham, eggs and parsley, then turn the mixture into the baking dish. Top with the bread crumbs, then bake the casserole until heated through and the bread crumbs have browned, about 20 minutes.

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