Cauliflower Au Gratin

How about trying the magnificent flavor of vitamin-packed cauliflower with bechamel sauce, and cheddar cheese? Here is the Cauliflower Au Gratin recipe.

April 11, 2023
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 20 mins
Cooking 20 mins
Total 40 mins

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
  2. Wash the cauliflowers and separate them from the flower roots. Add the cauliflower florets and blanch them for 3-5 minutes, or until they are slightly tender. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  3. Prepare the bechamel sauce.
  4. Add the cauliflower to the oven and pour the bechamel sauce. Grate the cheddar cheese and sprinkle it on the casserole dish.
  5. Bake it for 20-25 minutes, or until the cauliflower is cooked through and the sauce is bubbly and golden brown on top.
  6. Remove the cauliflower from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.
  7. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve hot.

Bechamel Sauce Recipe

Bechamel Sauce

Bechamel Sauce Ingredients

Bechamel Sauce Directions

  • Put oil and flour in the pot. Mix the oil into the flour in lightly heat.
  • Add the milk slowly while stirring constantly. Add salt and cook until custard consistency.
  • Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 1 Cauliflower with Bechamel Sauce
    Serves 4
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories138
    % Daily Value*
    Cholesterol 23 mg7.7%
    Sodium 739 mg32.1%
    Potassium 201 mg4.3%
    Protein 7.6 g15.2%
    Total Fat 7.5 g9.6%
    *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

    Tips

    • Choose a firm, fresh cauliflower head. Make sure it is not too small or too large. As this will affect the cooking time. Avoid cauliflower that is soft, mushy, or has brown spots.
    • Blanch the cauliflower florets in boiling, salted water for 2-3 minutes, then drain and rinse with cold water. This will help the cauliflower become tender and ensure it cooks evenly in the oven.
    • Add milk gradually. Whisk in warm milk into the roux, stirring constantly to prevent lumps from forming. Cook the mixture over medium heat, whisking constantly until it thickens to a creamy consistency.
    • Use a good melting cheese, such as Gruyere, cheddar, or Parmesan. This will help creamy texture. For more, check out our ‘Types of Cheeses’ article.
    • You can make cauliflower gratin without cheese. Simply omit the cheese from the recipe or substitute it with a dairy-free cheese alternative to make this recipe vegan.
    • Make a creamy sauce. To make the creamy cheese sauce, use a combination of milk, cream, and cheese. You can also add in some garlic and herbs like thyme or rosemary to add more flavor to the sauce.
    • If the sauce is too thick, add more milk.
    • If the dish is too watery, you can try draining off the excess liquid or baking it for a few more minutes to evaporate the liquid.
    • Layer the cauliflower and sauce. In a baking dish, layer the cauliflower florets and pour the cheese sauce over them. Make sure to coat all the florets evenly.
    • Top the cauliflower with a mixture of breadcrumbs and grated cheese. This will create a crispy and golden-brown crust on top of the cauliflower.
    • Don't overcook the cauliflower. Otherwise, this will become mushy and lose its texture. Blanch the cauliflower for just 2-3 minutes before adding it to the sauce.
    • Let the cauliflower gratin rest for a few minutes after baking to allow the cheese sauce to settle and thicken. This will make it easier to serve and also enhance the flavor.
    • Serve the cauliflower gratin hot and garnish with some fresh herbs like parsley or chives.
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    With its rich and creamy flavors, cauliflower au gratin is a delicious and comforting dish that is perfect for a family dinner or special occasion. This classic dish is made by cooking cauliflower in a rich and creamy bechamel sauce.

    It is the perfect option to add to your diet. This dish is enhanced with the natural sweetness of cauliflower and a cheesy, creamy sauce. Enjoy this delicious and satisfying creamy cauliflower gratin!

    What Is Cauliflower Au Gratin?

    Cauliflower au gratin is a baked dish made with cauliflower florets and a creamy cheese sauce. It is then baked until golden brown and bubbly.

    It's a popular dish for holidays and special occasions that is a comforting and satisfying meal on its own.

    How To Make Broccoli Cauliflower Au Gratin?

    You can add broccoli to this cauliflower au gratin recipe. To make Broccoli Cauliflower Au Gratin with cheese sauce,

    • Preheat your oven to 375 °F (190 °C).
    • Add the cauliflower and broccoli florets and blanch for 2-3 minutes, until they are slightly tender. Drain and set aside.
    • In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and stir until smooth. Gradually whisk in the milk, salt, black pepper, and nutmeg. Cook the mixture, stirring constantly, until it thickens and starts to bubble.
    • Remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir in the cheddar cheese until it's melted and the sauce is smooth.
    • Arrange the blanched cauliflower and broccoli florets in a 9x13 inch baking dish.
    • Pour the cheese sauce over the vegetables, making sure they are coated evenly.
    • In a small bowl, mix the bread crumbs, shredded cheese, and butter.
    • Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the top of the au gratin.
    • Bake the dish for 25-30 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and the top is golden brown and crispy.
    • Remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.

    How To Keep Cauliflower Au Gratin From Getting Mushy?

    Here are a few tips to prevent cauliflower au gratin from becoming mushy:

    • Blanch the cauliflower quickly. Blanch the cauliflower for just 3-5 minutes in boiling, salted water, until it is slightly tender but still firm. Be careful not to overcook it.
    • Shock the cauliflower. After blanching the cauliflower, transfer it to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process and help it retain its texture.
    • Drain the cauliflower. Drain the cauliflower well after blanching and shocking it to remove any excess moisture.
    • Don't overcrowd the dish. When preparing cauliflower gratin, avoid overfilling the dish. This can cause the cauliflower to release excess moisture and become mushy.
    • Use a thicker sauce. Use a thicker bechamel or cheese sauce to bind the cauliflower together and prevent excess moisture.

    How To Serve Cauliflower Au Gratin?

    Cauliflower au gratin is a rich and flavorful dish that pairs well with a variety of main courses and side dishes. Serve cauliflower au gratin alongside roasted meats like chicken, beef, or pork, or with fish or seafood. It also goes well with vegetable dishes.

    Cauliflower gratin is a popular dish for holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas. It can be served alongside other traditional holiday dishes like turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Roasted vegetables like carrots, asparagus, or brussels sprouts can be a tasty and healthy side dish to serve alongside with it. A glass of white wine, like a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, can complement the flavors of the cauliflower with bechamel sauce.

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    How To Store Cauliflower Au Gratin?

    To store cauliflower gratin, follow these steps:

    • Allow the cauliflower au gratin to cool to room temperature before storing.
    • Cover the baking dish tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
    • Place the covered baking dish in the refrigerator and store for up to 3 days.

    Can Cauliflower Au Gratin Be Frozen?

    Yes, you can freeze cauliflower au gratin. However, the texture and taste may change slightly when it is reheated. To freeze the cauliflower gratin, allow it to cool completely. Cover the dish tightly with plastic wrap and foil. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

    When ready to eat, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and reheat as directed below.

    How To Reheat Cauliflower Au Gratin?

    To reheat cauliflower au gratin, follow these steps:

    • Preheat your oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
    • Remove the dish from the freezer and let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
    • Cover the cauliflower au gratin with aluminum foil.
    • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until heated through.
    • Remove the foil and continue baking for another 10-15 minutes or until the top is golden brown and crispy.

    Alternatively, you can reheat portions of cauliflower au gratin in the microwave. To do this, transfer the portion to a microwave-safe dish. Cover it with a microwave-safe lid or plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes or until heated through.

    Recipe byPetite Gourmets

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