Easy Cauliflower Gratin
With all the richness of a traditional potato gratin, this vegetable rendition is just as satisfying, but it's healthier.
- Total Time:
- Servings: 4
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)
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.
In a large saucepan with a lid, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour; cook, whisking constantly for 1 minute. Whisk in milk.
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.
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.