Tuna Cauliflower Bake … or Fritters

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Be sure that even non-lovers of cauliflower will be delighted …  Give it a try!

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1 cauliflower, cut into large florets and lightly precooked

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200 g solid tuna in oil or water, drained

For the béchamel sauce:  2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
Salt, pepper, nutmeg

4 tablespoons flour
4 eggs
A bunch of parsley, leaves finely chopped
1 cup grated parmesan or gruyère cheese
Salt and pepper

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Preheat the oven to 180°C conventional.

Put a knob of soft butter on a piece of paper towel and butter your baking dish.  Set aside.

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Season the cauliflower florets with salt and pepper and precook them a bit (6 min in the microwave with 3 tablespoons of water).  If you prefer, you can boil or steam them, but do not overcook them!  Set aside in a large bowl.

 

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Prepare a béchamel sauce by melting butter in a small pan.  Add flour and cook together into a clumpy paste.

Add milk, whisking constantly, and season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

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Cook until smooth, creamy, and lump free.  Set aside.

 

 

 

 

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Add tuna in hearty chunks to the cauliflower–do not flake it.

 

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Add flour.

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Add slightly-whisked eggs and half the grated cheese.

 

Add béchamel sauce.

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Add parsley, correct the seasoning, and mix well.

 

Transfer to baking dish and top with rest of grated cheese.

Bake for 50-60 min.  If required, you can broil it at the end for a few more minutes until it gets a nice crisp, golden crust.

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It can be prepared in advance and served warm or cold, as a main or as a side dish.

Last time I served it warm with a simple chicory/celery/orange salad.  Just heavenly tasty!

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img_5564*** Optional Cooking Procedure ***
Tuna Cauliflower Fritters
If you do not mind frying, you can prepare fritters with this same recipe, just omit the béchamel sauce.    Line a plate with paper towel.  Instead of baking the mix, heat a large non-stick frying pan (medium-high) and coat the bottom with vegetable oil.  Once the oil is shimmering, add tablespoons of mixture to make fritters, and cook them for 3 min on each side until golden brown and crispy.  Transfer fritters to the paper towel-lined plate.  Repeat the process with the remaining mixture.  These fritters are also great as an appetizer or snack.

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