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Sunday, March 25, 2012

{Recipe} Easter Culinary Creation With Mrs. Cubbison's ~ Cauliflower Mac & Cheese Casserole!

     Mrs. Cubbison's is the best dressing mix I have found. I love the flavors already included in the mix and its very easy to make a delicious and simple stuffing but of course I like to get creative sometimes...
     I was very lucky to be selected as a blogger for Mrs. Cubbison's Easter Culinary Creations Blogger program! For this program I was sent a box of Mrs. Cubbison's Seasoned Stuffing/Dressing mix and Seasoned Croutons! Mrs. Cubbison's has been trusted by families for over 60 years for the most important meals of the year. Not only have I used Mrs. Cubbison's to enhance and flavorize my favorite sides, I also have some great ideas and tips from Mrs. Cubbison's to share with you as well. So, after you read through the recipe, keep going! There are some great tips below my recipe. And of course you can always find more tips and holiday ideas on Mrs. Cubbison's Facebook Page!

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese 
(Your kids won't even know its in there!)

1 Head of Cauliflower chopped
One 16 oz box of any curly pasta
3 T Butter or Margarine
1 small onion
3 Tablespoons + 3 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour (separated)
1 teaspoon Red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon Garlic powder
 2 Cups Milk (whole milk works best but use what you have)
2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese (or any other favorite cheese)
Mrs. Cubbison's Stuffing/Dressing Mix 
1/4 Cup Chicken Broth

*Preheat oven to 350. Spray 13X9" baking dish and set aside.

Cook pasta according to package instructions, adding Cauliflower to the boiling pasta for the last 3 minutes of cooking. 
While the pasta is boiling start melting 3 Tablespoons of butter in a sauce pan with the chopped onion over medium/high heat until the onions are soft and shiny:
Once your onions are cooked reduce heat to low/medium and add salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and garlic powder to them. Mix thoroughly then sprinkle the flour on top. Whisk the flour into the mix and cook just a minute. It should look like this:
Whisk in milk and stir frequently until it starts to thicken! {Don't forget about that pasta :) This is about the time I have to strain the pasta/cauliflower then return it to the pan I cooked it in}
When your milk mixture is a little thinner than glue, remove from heat and add the shredded cheese:
Pour your "from scratch" cheese sauce over the pasta mixture:
 Mix in and then pour into your baking pan:
Mix one package of Mrs. Cubbison's Stuffing/Dressing Mix with 3 tablespoons melted butter and 1/4 cup of chicken broth and spread on top of your pasta/cauliflower:
 Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until topping is golden brown! Then serve with all of your Easter creations!
Here are some more tips from Mrs. Cubbison's:

Combine 1 box (2 bags) stuffing mix with ¾ cup chopped celery, ¾ cup chopped onion, 1 cup broth, juice or water, ½ cup canola or vegetable oil and 2 large eggs, lightly beaten. Press moistened stuffing firmly into a greased Bundt cake pan and bake in a preheated 375° oven for 30 minutes. Allow pan to cool before turning out onto a serving plate. Fill the center with shredded cabbage and add colored Easter eggs.
Using the same recipe above, shape the moistened stuffing into egg shapes and arrange on a cookie sheet with a light coating of cooking oil spray; bake stuffing “eggs” in a preheated 375° oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve stuffing eggs with shredded cabbage “grass” beneath them or in a colorful linen-lined Easter basket.
LOVELY LAMB – Transfer prepared stuffing mix to the center of a large white or ivory platter; stack roasted rack of lamb on top and arrange fresh steamed Brussels sprouts, and cooked baby carrots around the meat adding fresh mint for garnish.   For another healthful twist, cook lima beans in chicken broth and toss with sautéed onions, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt.  Arrange around the lamb with lemon wedges as garnish.
HAM’S PERFECT PARTNER -- Stir in ½ cup bacon bits, 1 cup dried cherries, and one small can (drained) of pineapple chunks to the basic stuffing recipe; bake as usual and top with sliced, hard boiled eggs.  Serve along side glazed pineapple ham.

What's you favorite Easter side dish?

I received a sample from Mrs. Cubbison's to create this recipe. I was compensated in no other way and all opinions are 100% mine! I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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