Cauliflower Gratin

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for new side dishes to add to my repertoire. It’s easy to come up with the main course, but then my mind blanks when it comes to the side items. For some reason, my brain goes straight to dessert.

Hmm… what goes well with pork chopsapple pie!

What should I make to go with meatloafbrownies!

Those sound like good pairings, right? 😉 Well today I’m sharing a new side dish idea that I think you’re going to love: Cauliflower Gratin. This easy recipe swaps out the traditional potato with cauliflower that is baked in a creamy cheese sauce and topped with a delicious crunchy breadcrumb topping. If I have to be a grown-up and eat my vegetables like a good girl, I definitely prefer them to be smothered in a creamy, flavorful cheese sauce! Give me a big high five if you agree.

Cauliflower baked in a creamy cheese sauce with a crunchy breadcrumb topping! This Cauliflower Gratin is a delicious and easy side dish for any meal| LoveGrowsWild.com

It’s no secret that the biggest food holiday of the year is quickly approaching, and I’ve been doing my best to pump out some fabulous recipes for you to enjoy… butter and herb turkey, roasted vegetables, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole (the really good kind!), smashed potatoes, brie biscuits, and of course banana cream pie. I’d say that’s a pretty good start to a delicious Thanksgiving dinner!

But because I want to make sure you’re 100% prepared for the big day, I’ve teamed up with some of my blog buddies to bring you 25+ new Thanksgiving recipes, complete with main dishes, sides, drinks, desserts, and more! Everything you need, all in one place. Just scroll down past my cauliflower gratin recipe to see the full list of our Thanksgiving dishes!

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Okay, so back to cauliflower. I absolutely LOVE roasted cauliflower, but this gratin is a very close second. Here’s how I make it:

First, I chop up one head of cauliflower into small florets. Then I make a quick roux with butter and flour, which is what thickens the milk into a creamy sauce. I pour in some milk, season it with salt and pepper, and bring it to a boil. The sauce thickens up as it heats, and I toss in the cauliflower pieces, completely coating them in the sauce. I pop on a lid and let it simmer for a few minutes to start cooking the cauliflower.

Then comes the good stuff… cheese! I usually use Gruyere, but I’ve subbed it with Jarlsberg before as well. It’s pretty similar in flavor and tends to be a little less pricy at my grocery store.

Cauliflower baked in a creamy cheese sauce with a crunchy breadcrumb topping! This Cauliflower Gratin is a delicious and easy side dish for any meal| LoveGrowsWild.com

Then the cauliflower goes into a baking dish, gets topped with a mixture of panko breadcrumbs and Parmesan, and heads to the oven. Just look at the creaminess of that sauce!

Cauliflower baked in a creamy cheese sauce with a crunchy breadcrumb topping! This Cauliflower Gratin is a delicious and easy side dish for any meal| LoveGrowsWild.com

After about 35-40 minutes, a gorgeous gratin comes out of the oven with perfectly tender cauliflower, a thick, creamy, cheesy sauce, and tons of crunchy, golden breadcrumbs on top. This, my friends, is one veggie dish I actually get excited about eating!

Cauliflower baked in a creamy cheese sauce with a crunchy breadcrumb topping! This Cauliflower Gratin is a delicious and easy side dish for any meal| LoveGrowsWild.com

It goes great with just about any meal and can easily be doubled when you have extra mouths to feed. I hope you try these easy, cheesy veggies soon!

Cauliflower baked in a creamy cheese sauce with a crunchy breadcrumb topping! This Cauliflower Gratin is a delicious and easy side dish for any meal| LoveGrowsWild.com

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Cauliflower Gratin
 
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Cauliflower baked in a creamy cheese sauce with a crunchy breadcrumb topping! This Cauliflower Gratin is a delicious and easy side dish for any meal!
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Recipe type: Side
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Stir the cauliflower into the sauce. Cover with a lid and cook until the cauliflower starts to soften, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the Gruyere cheese until melted.
  2. Pour mixture into a 2 quart baking dish. Combine the panko bread crumbs and Parmesan and sprinkle over top. Cover with foil and bake until cauliflower is tender (can be easily pierced with a knifte), about 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 15-20 minutes until breadcrumbs are golden.
Notes
- I've also used Jarlsberg cheese in place of the Gruyere. It's similar in flavor and sometimes less expensive to buy than Gruyere.

– adapted from Martha Stewart

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Comments

  1. Okay, just wiping away the drool! This gratin looks so delicious! I love that you use cauliflower–I think even the pickiest eater would eat it since it has all that cheesy goodness 🙂

  2. Looks scrumptious! I love cauliflower! Pinned.
    Have an awesome day!

  3. this is going on my holiday menu for sure Liz

  4. This looks absolutely incredible!!

  5. Oh, Liz…I could eat this whole dish. I did not enjoy cauliflower until later in life, but I agree with you that roasting it or tossing it into a cheesy, crumb-topped gratin like this turns cauliflower into something spectacular! This looks like a perfect addition to the Thanksgiving table…and if my kids refuse to try it, that just means more for me . 😉 Thanks so much for sharing this as part of our Thanksgiving Menu Blog Hop!

    • I’m so happy to be part of the blog hop! We ate the leftovers from last week’s photo shoot for dinner… nothing else, just this cauliflower gratin! The dish was scraped clean, and everyone was happy. I’ll call that a success!

  6. This looks awesome! Such a creative way to cook cauliflower. My kids would definitely eat this. I wish I had some right now!!

    • Thank you, Alli! My kiddos love the cheesy cauliflower, and I love that they’re eating their veggies! A definite win/win. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Big high five over here! I’m all for a creamy cheesy sauce. Love the crunchy breadcrumb topping too! 🙂

  8. nice)

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