Cauliflower and Cheddar Gratin

16
Garrison Wayne

By
@TheOrganizedChef

Frankly, just about anything tastes good when it's baked in a cheese sauce. This cauliflower gratin is no exception... in fact cauliflower and cheese sauce seem to be made for each other. The sharpness of the cheese and the subtle strength of the cauliflower marry well for the perfect side dish. When I make this, I forgo the potato. You just don't need it. And when it comes to the meat, simple is best. Let the Cauliflower Gratin shine as the star that it is. If you are a vegetarian (not vegan), this is a very satisfying main dish. Try it, you'll love it!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

With a nice and creamy cheese sauce, this cauliflower gratin is perfection! It almost tastes like mac and cheese, but healthier. The cheese sauce is creamy with a hint of tang from the Dijon mustard. A delicious side dish that would be great with roasted chicken or steak. Try serving this as a holiday side dish too. We think it will be a hit with kids.

Tip: Add milk to the water when parboiling cauliflower to help keep the cauliflower white and to add a little sweetness. The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Serves:
6
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
1 Hr
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 large
    head of cauliflower, florets only
  • 3 Tbsp
    butter, unsalted
  • 4 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 c
    milk, heated
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt
  • 1/4 tsp
    black pepper
  • 2 dash(es)
    nutmeg
  • 2 tsp
    Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp
    dry sherry
  • 1 1/2 c
    sharp cheddar, grated
  • 1/4 c
    plain, dry bread crumbs

How to Make Cauliflower and Cheddar Gratin

Step-by-Step

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. [Test Kitchen Tip: Add milk to the boiling water to help keep the white color vibrant.]
  2. Add cauliflower florets to boiling water and parboil for 6-7 minutes.
  3. Once cooked, place florets into an ice bath to stop cooking. Drain.
  4. Place in a buttered casserole dish. I use a 10 inch round just under 3 inches deep.
  5. Make a white sauce by melting the butter in a medium saucepan.
  6. Add flour to the butter and stir with a large spoon to incorporate.
  7. Add the heated milk and stir constantly with a whisk over medium heat until the sauce comes to a boil.
  8. Remove white sauce from heat and add all the remaining ingredients, except the bread crumbs. Whisk well until the cheese is thoroughly melted.
  9. Pour sauce over the cauliflower.
  10. Sprinkle the bread crumbs on top of the cauliflower and cheese sauce.
  11. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour. Let sit 10-15 minutes before serving.

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