Cauliflower Gratin

Cauliflower Gratin
Staff Writer
Courtesy Electus/HUNGRY

Cauliflower gratin isn’t exactly reinventing the wheel when it comes to casseroles, but this version certainly does, with an all-around perfect Gruyère cheese sauce and alternative baking times for the most perfect results.

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6
Servings
603
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

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Ingredients

  • 2 heads cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 Cup minced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 Cups whole milk
  • 3 1/2 Cups grated Gruyère cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2/3 Cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Toss the cauliflower with the 4 tablespoons of melted butter then place it in a large roasting pan that has been greased with cooking spray. Season liberally with salt and roast in the oven for 30 minutes or until soft and slightly browned. Remove the pan from the oven, and set aside.

Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees.

In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the onion and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the flour and cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Gradually add the milk while whisking constantly. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer stirring frequently, until the mixture has thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove the pan from heat, and add 2 cups of the Gruyère and the parsley. Stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Add the roasted cauliflower and stir to coat. Pour the mixture into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.

Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of the butter. In a small mixing bowl, combine the butter and breadcrumbs. Add the remaining 1 ½ cups of cheese and the chives, and stir to combine. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the gratin.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
39g
56%
Sugar
17g
19%
Saturated Fat
24g
100%
Cholesterol
125mg
42%
Carbohydrate, by difference
43g
33%
Protein
19g
41%
Vitamin A, RAE
396µg
57%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
3mg
4%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
3µg
3%
Calcium, Ca
271mg
27%
Choline, total
47mg
11%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
79µg
20%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
36mg
11%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
271mg
39%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
17µg
31%
Sodium, Na
884mg
59%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
2µg
13%
Water
172g
6%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Cauliflower Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age and damage.

Cauliflower Cooking Tip

Vegetables should typically be cooked as quickly as possible, as they can become bland and mushy, and lose vitamins and minerals.