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Best Cauliflower Gratin for Two

 
Best Cauliflower Gratin for Two
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Assembles quickly with a creamy Parmesan sauce and fresh bread crumbs baked until crispy and golden brown. This version of Cauliflower Gratin yields a clean flavor and is perfectly seasoned. Sized for serving two as a side dish.

Yield

2

servings

Prep

7

min

Cook

13

min

Ready

20

min

 

Ingredients

Fresh bread crumb topping
1 slice bread
whole-grain sandwich style
2 teaspoons olive oil
teaspoon salt
to taste
*
black pepper
to taste
*
Cauliflower and sauce
½ pound cauliflower florets
1/2 medium head
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red onion
or shallot, minced
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 pinch nutmeg
*
1 pinch cayenne pepper
*
½ teaspoon thyme
fresh
*
¾ ounce Parmesan cheese
reserve 1 tablespoon for topping
teaspoon salt
to taste
*
black pepper
to taste
*

Directions

Tear the bread into pieces and add to a food processor, along with salt and black pepper to taste. Start the processor and drizzle in the olive oil until combined and crumbed, about 20 seconds. Set aside.

Bring 1½ quarts of water, with 2 teaspoons of salt to a boil. Preheat the oven to 450℉ (230℃). Core and separate the cauliflower into florets about ¾ inch in size.

When the water is boiling add the cauliflower florets to the boiling water, cover and cook for no more than 4 minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking, allow to drain in the sink.

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the red onion (or shallots) and cook until just beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic, stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds add the flour and cook, stirring for one minute.

Add the cream and bring to the boil, remove from heat and add the nutmeg, cayenne pepper, thyme, Parmesan cheese (reserving at least 1 tablespoon for topping) and salt and pepper to taste.

Add the drained cauliflower and gently stir until well coated. Add the cauliflower mixture to a suitably sized oven-safe gratin dish (or a pyrex baking dish works in a pinch).

Sprinkle evenly with the reserved Parmesan cheese, and then the bread crumb topping mixture.

Bake for 10 minutes or until the topping is browned and filling is bubbling. Let cool for a few minutes and serve.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

Reviews

+2

over 5 years

Outstanding overall. Cauliflower florets turned out perfectly tender-crisp and the sauce seemed to be just in the right proportion to highlight the light flavor of the cauliflower. Crispy browned topping was lovely.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 509g (18.0 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 39455% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 10g 51%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 523mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 13%
Dietary Fiber 6g 25%
Sugars g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A 11% Vitamin C 115%
Calcium 18% Iron 11%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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