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Cauliflower Gratin

Rich in vitamin C, cauliflower is a good source of folate and vitamin B6.

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  • Servings: 4
Cauliflower Gratin

Source: Everyday Food, March 2007


  • 3 slices white sandwich bread, torn into large pieces
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cored and cut into small florets
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated (1 cup)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, combine bread and Parmesan. Pulse until coarse crumbs form, about 3 to 4 times; set aside.

  2. In a large saucepan with a lid, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour; cook, whisking constantly for 1 minute. Whisk in milk.

  3. Add cauliflower, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Cover, and cook until starting to soften, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; gradually stir in Gruyere.

  4. Pour mixture into a 2-quart baking dish, and sprinkle with breadcrumb mixture. Cover with aluminum foil; bake until cauliflower is easily pierced with a knife, about 20 minutes. Remove foil, and bake until breadcrumbs are golden brown, about 20 minutes more. Serve.

Reviews (11)

  • mkayblythe 31 Jul, 2014

    I substituted with white cheddar and feta and used storebought italian bread crumbs...but other than that followed the recipe. EXCELLENT! So tasty and filling. I will definitely make this again!

  • trulynice 13 Feb, 2013

    I made this today for my vegetarian friend and it turned out perfectly! I agree with JWally86 - it tastes similar to mac and cheese but it is much healthier. I used broccoli though but next time I'll give a try to cauliflower as the recipe suggests.

  • jordanwalman 8 Jan, 2013

    I had half a tray of roasted cauliflower leftover and was looking to re-purpose. Made the sauce, tossed with roasted cauliflower and mixed in mozzarella (no gruyere on hand, but a decent substitute). Baked for 20 minutes at 350 and then on broil for 4-5 for extra browning. Husband says it's a healthier mac and cheese--will make again with a more flavourful cheese next time.

  • courteneyh 15 Oct, 2009

    I have made this adding broccoli in with the cauliflower and using larger breadcrumbs-it was a hit! Very easy to make

  • mintsnapple524 9 Oct, 2008

    I added chunks of canadian bacon and the dish was wonderful... ham would work well, too!

  • rbh 27 Sep, 2008

    Pretty simple to prepare - very delicious and satisfying! I had mozzarella on hand, so used that instead of Gruyere - still turned out wonderfully. We will definitely be making this as part of our standard fare.

  • Guusje 3 Jun, 2008

    Very good and easy! I used store bought breadcrumbs plus sauteed a sweet onion and garlic plus different cheeses, like goat cheese and Mozzarella since that was in the frig.... Also very tasty!

  • laurens67 16 Apr, 2008

    Super easy and tasty! My family loved it, too. I will definitely be adding this to our regular meal rotation.

  • dwayne schmidt 16 Apr, 2008

    This is just too good! I am not a great fan of cauliflower but we absolutely loved this - the texture is soft and crunchy at the same time. I have made this over and over!

  • AddictedtoMartha 6 Jan, 2008

    This is a great dish - I've created a variety of variations including adding additional spices such as nutmeg, sometimes adding onion or even other vegetables like mushrooms. This is great base recipe from which one can be creative with different flavors!

  • jessicasherwood 26 Dec, 2007

    This was a huge hit in my house - an instant favorite. Before baking, I rubbed the baking dish with crushed garlic and added a bit of nutmeg to the mixture.

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