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Cauliflower Gratin Recipe



Cauliflower Gratin

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Cauliflower gratin is one of the tastiest ways to enjoy cauliflower for kids, because the vegetable is bathed in a creamy cheese sauce. Serve this cauliflower recipe with everything from Italian meatloaf to baked cod.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 38 minutes

Total Time: 48 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


  • 1 large head of cauliflower (about 3 lbs.)
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups milk
  • kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup shredded gruyere cheese
  • 1/4 cup Panko (Japanese bread crumbs) or coarsely-ground fresh bread crumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 1-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.

  2. Trim cauliflower and cut into florets.

  3. Steam cauliflower until tender, or place in a gallon-sized ziploc bag, punch a few holes in the bag and microwave for 1-3 minutes until tender.

  4. Heat butter in a medium saucepan (2-quart) over medium heat.

  5. When butter is melted, whisk in flour. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

  6. Add milk, whisking constantly to make sure there are no lumps.

  7. Cook another 3-4 minutes, allowing sauce to thicken. Season with salt and pepper.

  8. Place the cauliflower in the prepared pan. Top with half of the cheese. Pour the white sauce (bechamel) over the cheese. Top with the remaining cheese and the bread crumbs.

  9. Bake, uncovered for 20-30 minutes until golden and bubbly.
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