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  • Prep Time
    10 mins
  • Cook Time
    70 mins
  • Servings
    8-12

Cheese Cauliflower Quinoa Bake

Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains

Yield: 8-12 serving

Recipe courtesy of Jennifer Fisher, Finalist in the 2015 Black Creek® “Everything's Better with Cheddar” recipe contest

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil (divided)
  • 1 c. uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/4 c. water
  • 12 ounces frozen cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 c. sweet yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 c. chicken stock
  • 7 ounces extra sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • Garnish: chopped Italian parsley

Directions

  1. Heat medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 ½ teaspoons oil and coat pan. Add quinoa and cook for 2-3 minutes until lightly toasted, stirring frequently. Add water to pan and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large skillet, add remaining tablespoon oil and sautée onions for 3-4 minutes until softened and golden. Stir in garlic during last minute of cooking. In a small bowl, whisk together milk and flour until flour is dissolved and then stir in chicken broth, salt and pepper. Add this broth mixture to skillet and bring to a boil, stirring constantly for 2 minutes until thickened. Remove skillet from heat and stir in 1 cup of cheese until melted.
  3. Microwave cauliflower according to package directions. Carefully remove from bag and coarsely chop florets. Stir quinoa and cauliflower into cheese mixture. Place mixture into a 1 1/2 – 2 quart baking dish that has been lightly coated with cooking spray. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until heated through and cheese starts to bubble and brown. Garnish with chopped fresh Italian parsley.

BLACK CREEK® PRODUCTS USED IN THIS RECIPE

Black Creek®  Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Aged 9 Months)

Black Creek® Cheddar cheeses are made using old-world craftsmanship by Gregg Palubicki, a certified Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker. The result? The finest in premium Wisconsin Cheddar cheese with a dedication to quality you can taste.

Black Creek®  Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Aged 2 Years)

Black Creek® offers award-winning premium Cheddar cheeses that are recognized for their rich and creamy taste. Each of the brands’ offerings is carefully selected to ensure you receive a consistently delicious cheese that’s perfect for snacking.

Black Creek®  Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Aged 3 Years)

For over a century, farm fresh milk from the heart of America’s Dairyland has been finely crafted into classic, naturally-aged cheeses under the watchful eyes of certified Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers. Black Creek® Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese is made using these same time-honored traditions and carefully aged for three years to build a full, richly sharp flavor and delightfully crumbly texture.

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