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Cheesy Bacon Cauliflower

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1 medium head cauliflower, cut into 1-inch florets
1¼ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
¼ cup butter
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons mustard powder
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
½ cup HORMEL® Real Bacon Bits


  1. Heat oven to 400°F.

  2. Spread florets in lightly greased, 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt. Bake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
    Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour; cook 1 minute, whisking constantly. Slowly add milk, whisking constantly. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in mustard powder, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Gradually add 1¼ cups cheese, whisking until smooth.

  3. Pour cheese sauce over cauliflower. Sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup cheese and bacon bits.

  4. Bake 30 minutes or until bubbly.