I LIKE brussels sprouts (even though I want to call them brussel sprouts- singular). This dish came together pretty easily, and I thought it turned out well. The sprouts and the cauliflower were very tender, and the sauce was really creamy and flavorful. Toby said it was good, but that I could have cooked the sprouts longer. I swear, he’s 90 years old. I don’t want my veggies to be completely mush! He also said that the sprouts tasted bitter. I didn’t think so, but I will have to google that and see if there is a trick to cooking them. Whatever, I liked it.
Weight Watcher points+ value = 4 per serving
Crispy Topped Brussels Sprouts & Cauliflower Gratin
4 cups cauliflower florets (about 1 pound)
4 cups trimmed quartered Brussels sprouts (about 1 3/4 pounds)
1.1 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/4 cup)
1 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
2/3 cup half-and-half
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
4 slices center-cut bacon, chopped (I omitted)
2 cups chopped Vidalia or other sweet onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1. Preheat oven to 375°.
2. Cook cauliflower and Brussels sprouts in boiling water 2 minutes; drain.
3. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, milk, and next 4 ingredients (through nutmeg) in a bowl; stir well with a whisk.
4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon to pan; cook 3 minutes or until bacon begins to brown, stirring occasionally. Add onion and garlic; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in milk mixture; bring to a simmer. Cook 5 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Spoon vegetable mixture into an 11 x 7-inch broiler-safe ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover dish with foil coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from oven.
5. Preheat broiler to high.
6. Remove foil from dish. Combine cheese and panko; sprinkle evenly over vegetables. Broil 5 inches from heat for 4 minutes or until browned. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.