Cauliflower Gratin

02/05/2014

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It’s Gary’s birthday today! To celebrate, we had a small group of friends over last night for dinner. Gary requested cauliflower gratin; our cauliflower is ready, and we’ve been meaning to attempt a recipe we had made by a fabulous French cook back in the Midwest. Her dish was amazing; she kept the whole head of cauliflower in tact, and used some of her French magic to make it incredible. This dish was good–I’ll give it that–but then again anything is good with a little cheese sauce on it.

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I used Ina Garten’s recipe I found online, and it turned out well. I amended it some by cutting out just a little of the cheese and butter, and it was still just as good.

Ingredients:

1 large head (or two small heads) of cauliflower, cut into florets
2 T butter
3 T flour
2 c hot milk
1 t Kosher salt
1/4 grated nutmeg
1/3 c grated Gruyere cheese, divided
1/3 c grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 375. While cutting the cauliflower, start a pot of salted water on the stove, bringing it to a boil. Once boiling, throw in the cauliflower, and cook for 5-6 minutes. Drain, and set aside.

Next, melt the 2 T of butter in a saucepan over low heat. While this is melting, put 2 c of milk into another pot, and heat. Once melted, add the flour and stir for about 2 minutes. (The mixture will become a rue, and will have the consistency of peanut butter.) Add the hot milk to the rue and stir until it comes to a boil. Once it’s at a boil, stir for one minute, or until the mixture is thick. Take it off the heat, and add the salt, nutmeg, pepper, and half of the cheese. Stir.

Pour 1/3 of the mixture into a greased 8 x 11″ baking dish. Put the drained cauliflower on top, and pour the rest of the mixture over it. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the top begins to brown.

We ate outside and had it with good Iowa steaks (brought back with us from the Midwest) with our homemade horseradish and a salad. May my dear Gary have many more happy birthdays to celebrate!

2 Comments

  • Lori Gmail

    Anna, Please tell Gary happy birthday from us! I made the cauliflower gratin for dinner last night. It was delicious! Big hit and one I’ll do again. Keep up the good work. I enjoy your posts! Lori

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