Cauliflower Casserole Recipe with Brown Rice and Cheddar

Cauliflower Casserole

Cauliflower Casserole Recipe with Brown Rice and Cheddar
Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 25 minutes | Servings: 4


Cauliflower Casserole
Cauliflower Casserole

Cauliflower casserole is a delicious and comforting dish that is perfect for a cozy family dinner or a holiday gathering. This recipe combines the earthy flavors of mushrooms and onions with the creamy texture of cauliflower and cheese, all baked to perfection.


Cauliflower casserole has been a popular dish in many households for generations. It is a versatile recipe that can be customized with different ingredients to suit individual tastes. This particular recipe combines classic flavors with a modern twist.


How to prepare

  1. Sauté onions, mushrooms, and garlic in butter until they are tender but not soft. Then, add them to the rice.
  2. Thaw the cauliflower, then blanch it for 2 minutes and drain it well. After that, add it to the rice.
  3. Add basil, salt, and white pepper to the mixture, and then add lemon juice.
  4. Stir in most of the cheese, leaving a little to sprinkle over the top.
  5. Bake the dish uncovered at 350°F (177°C) for 25 minutes.


  • Add cooked bacon or ham for a smoky flavor.
  • Use different types of cheese, such as Gruyere or mozzarella, for a unique twist.
  • Mix in some cooked quinoa or barley for added texture and nutrition.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to blanch the cauliflower before adding it to the casserole to ensure that it is cooked through but still has a slight crunch.

- Use sharp cheddar cheese for a bold flavor that complements the other ingredients.

- Feel free to add in other vegetables or proteins to make this dish even more hearty and satisfying.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this cauliflower casserole as a side dish with roasted chicken or grilled steak. It also pairs well with a simple green salad or steamed vegetables.

Cooking Techniques

Blanching the cauliflower before baking ensures that it is cooked through but still has a slight crunch. Sautéing the onions, mushrooms, and garlic adds depth of flavor to the dish.

Ingredient Substitutions

Feel free to customize this recipe with your favorite ingredients. You can substitute different types of cheese, vegetables, or proteins to suit your taste preferences.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare this cauliflower casserole ahead of time and refrigerate it until you are ready to bake it. Simply cover the dish with foil and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish the cauliflower casserole with minced parsley before serving for a pop of color. You can also sprinkle some extra cheese on top for a cheesy finish.

Pairing Recommendations

This cauliflower casserole pairs well with a crisp white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. For a non-alcoholic option, try serving it with sparkling water or a fruity iced tea.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply place the casserole in a preheated oven at 350°F (177°C) for 15-20 minutes, or until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

This cauliflower casserole recipe contains approximately 300 calories per serving.


This cauliflower casserole recipe contains approximately 25 grams of carbohydrates per serving.


This cauliflower casserole recipe contains approximately 15 grams of fat per serving.


This cauliflower casserole recipe contains approximately 10 grams of protein per serving.

Vitamins and minerals

Cauliflower is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate. This recipe also contains calcium and iron from the cheese.


This recipe contains dairy (cheese) and may not be suitable for those with lactose intolerance or dairy allergies.


Overall, this cauliflower casserole recipe is a balanced dish that provides a good mix of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and essential vitamins and minerals.


Cauliflower casserole is a versatile and delicious dish that is perfect for any occasion. This recipe combines classic flavors with a modern twist, making it a crowd-pleaser for the whole family. Enjoy the creamy texture of the cauliflower and cheese, paired with the earthy flavors of mushrooms and onions, all baked to perfection.

How did I get this recipe?

The moment I found this recipe is one that will always be cherished. It was a sunny afternoon in the late summer of 1965, and I was visiting my dear friend Margaret for our weekly coffee and gossip session. As we sat at her kitchen table sipping on our steaming cups of coffee, she suddenly disappeared into her pantry and returned with a tattered old recipe book.

"Mary, you simply must try this recipe for cauliflower casserole," she exclaimed, flipping through the pages until she landed on the one she was looking for. "It's a family favorite, passed down from my grandmother, and I know you'll love it."

I eagerly took the recipe book from her hands and scanned the ingredients and instructions. It seemed simple enough, but the combination of cauliflower, cheese, and breadcrumbs intrigued me. I had never thought of combining those flavors before, and I couldn't wait to give it a try.

The following week, I gathered all the ingredients I needed and set to work in my own kitchen, following the recipe to a tee. As the casserole baked in the oven, the delicious aroma filled my home, and I knew I was in for a treat.

When the timer finally beeped, I pulled the golden-brown casserole out of the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before taking my first bite. The flavors exploded in my mouth, and I instantly knew that this recipe would become a staple in my own kitchen.

Over the years, I have made this cauliflower casserole countless times, tweaking the recipe here and there to suit my family's tastes. I have shared it with friends and neighbors, who have all raved about its deliciousness. But the original recipe, the one that Margaret gave me all those years ago, will always hold a special place in my heart.

As time went on, I began to collect more and more recipes from various places and people. Some were passed down from my own family members, while others I discovered in cookbooks or magazines. Each recipe held a story, a memory of where I first tasted it or who shared it with me.

But the cauliflower casserole recipe remained my favorite. It was the one dish that I could always count on to bring a smile to my family's faces, to warm their hearts and bellies on a cold winter's night.

As I sit here now, in my cozy kitchen surrounded by the familiar smells and sounds of cooking, I can't help but feel grateful for all the recipes I have collected over the years. They have brought me joy, comfort, and a sense of connection to my past and to the people who have touched my life.

And as I take a bite of the cauliflower casserole that is baking in the oven, I am reminded once again of that sunny afternoon in 1965 when Margaret first shared the recipe with me. It was a moment that changed my life, that sparked a passion for cooking and creating delicious meals for my loved ones.

So here's to the cauliflower casserole, to the recipe that started it all. May it continue to bring joy and comfort to all who taste it, just as it has done for me. And may the memories of those who have shared it with me live on in every bite.


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