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This Cauliflower Gratin is rich and creamy and perfect for your next holiday get together. Roasted cauliflower is baked with a creamy cheese sauce and topped with more cheese and panko breadcrumbs. This is always a hit! 

Cauliflower Gratin in white dish

This Cauliflower Gratin is rich and creamy and perfect for your next holiday get together. Roasted cauliflower is baked with a creamy cheese sauce and topped with more cheese and panko breadcrumbs. This is always a hit!

   

The holiday season is upon us. One of my favorite thing about holiday meals is all of the delicious side dishes. Today’s Cauliflower Gratin is one I especially like because it is creamy, cheesy and I am a sucker for roasted cauliflower. My version of cauliflower gratin involved roasting the cauliflower first to create a sweeter flavor in the cauliflower as well as a bit of a crisper piece of cauliflower. 

This summer I created a Zucchini Gratin recipe that my family loved and I knew I had to try something similar with cauliflower. I love having new side dishes to serve at the holidays and this one is new to the rotation. Speaking of side dishes I also plan to try this Green Bean Casserole, Potato Gratin and these Honey Garlic Butter Carrots

Cauliflower Gratin with parsley

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN CAULIFLOWER AU GRATIN?

CAULIFLOWER: The cauliflower is the start of this dish. I roasted it to help bring out the sweet flavor and then quickly baked it with the cheese sauce and topped it with breadcrumbs. 

SPICES: I use oregano and parsley in this recipe. Feel free to spice it up a bit if you like. Cayenne pepper is a fun twist or you can go for something like nutmeg. 

CHEESE: This cauliflower side dish uses three types of cheese in this dish: Parmesan, sharp cheddar and Gruyere cheese.  You can pick the cheeses that you think work best together. 

MILK OR CREAM: When I make this dish I use heavy cream to help create a thick, rich sauce. Whole milk or 2% milk will also work nicely. I would stay away from 1% or skim as I find them to be too thin. 

BREADCRUMBS: I top this dish with panko breadcrumbs for extra crunch. You can also use regular breadcrumbs or just leave them off all together. 

Cauliflower Gratin with cheese

WHAT TO PAIR WITH CAULIFLOWER GRATIN?

I love serving this dish alongside some other holiday sides. Below are my favorites:

Honey Glazed Carrots: Honey Glazed Carrots make a great side dish during the week or an addition to your Thanksgiving meal.  Carrots are cooked with butter, vegetable broth and finished off with a glaze of honey and fresh flat leaf Italian parsley making them sweet and flavorful. 

Green Beans with Brown Butter and Toasted Almonds: Green Beans with Brown Butter and Toasted Almonds is a nice twist on traditional green beans.  The nutty flavor of the brown butter coats the freshly cooked green beans and is tossed with crunchy toasted almonds.  This is a nice addition to a holiday table. 

Slow Cooker Gouda Mashed Potatoes: Forget boiling your potatoes and try these Slow Cooker Gouda Mashed Potatoes.  The red potatoes cook away in your slow cooker leaving you more room on your stove.  The cooked potatoes are finished off with gouda cheese, Greek yogurt, butter and milk creating creamy mashed potatoes that everyone will enjoy.  

Cauliflower Gratin with spoon

Cauliflower Gratin

Yield: 5-6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

This Cauliflower Gratin is rich and creamy and perfect for your next holiday get together. Roasted cauliflower is baked with a creamy cheese sauce and topped with more cheese and panko breadcrumbs. This is always a hit! 

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into large florets (about 6 to 7 cups)
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 of a small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup shredded Gruyere cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese {or regular Parmesan cheese}, divided
  • 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup panko crumbs {optional}

Instructions

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

    Toss the cauliflower, red onion and garlic in a large bowl with the olive oil, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper.

    Spread the cualiflower evenly on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 25 minutes, stirring once.

    While the cauliflower is roasting melt the butter in a medium pot over medium heat. Once the butter is melted add the flour and whisk continuoulsy. Slowly add the cream into the flour mixture and turn the heat up to medium-high and simmer whisking constantly.

    Turn the heat to medium and simmer until the mixture is thickened. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup of the gruyere cheese and 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese.

    Remove the roasted cauliflower from the oven and transfer to a non-stick 8x11 baking pan or dish. Pour the cream cheese sauce over the cauliflower making sure it is even throughout the pan.

    Bake in the oven for 10 minutes then add the remaining cheese, the sharp cheddar cheese and the breadcrumbs {optional} and bake for another 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted on top.

Notes

You can omit the red onion and the breadcrumbs if you want.

You can use either regular breadcrumbs or panko for extra crunch.

I used heavy cream in this dish for a creamier sauce but you can also use whole milk or 2 %. I don't suggest using 1% or skim as the sauce turns a lot thinner and less creamy.

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Harsh

Monday 17th of August 2020

It looks soo yummy and delicious.

Praveen

Monday 17th of August 2020

Ummm.. I hame definitely gonna try this Culiflower Gratin!

Vivian @RISVK

Monday 25th of November 2019

This looks yum, definitely gonna try it.

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