Lightened Up Cauliflower Gratin
1 head of cauliflower (approx. 5 cups of florets) You could use frozen, if you like
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup skim milk
1 teaspoon salt
2 slices of bacon, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray an oven proof 2.5 quart casserole dish ( I used an 8 x 8" glass baking dish) with cooking spray and set aside. Micro steam cauliflower florets until crisp tender in covered dish. ( my microwave took about 5 minutes on HIGH ). Set aside. While cauliflower is cooking, in a large nonsick skillet, combine the fresh bread crumbs and the olive oil and cook until the crumbs are browned and crispy, stirring occasionally. Put into a small bowl for later.
In the same large nonstick skillet you previously used for the bread crumbs, fry the bacon until crispy, stirring occasionally. Add the onion and garlic and saute until soft, approx. 3 - 5 minutes. Stir in milk mixture, and bring to a simmer. Cook 5 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in cooked cauliflower. Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish and cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly.