If you are looking for something hot, cheesy and easy then this Easy Cauliflower Gratin bake is the perfect dish for one of those cold evenings
What is Gratin?
Gratin is a French dish and refers to a culinary technique in which the ingredient is topped with a brown crust. The crush is generally a mixture of flour, bread crumbs, cheese, or butter or just one on its own. The Gratin is cooked or baked with an overhead grill or broiler to form the golden crust. Gratin is generally served as a whole in the baked dish itself.
Vegetables Used in Gratin
Potato Gratin is one of the common gratins baked. Sliced potatoes are layered on top with cheese and baked in a broiler or under the grill. Different types of vegetables like Cauliflower, eggplant, tomatoes, spinach, butternut squash are used too. They can either be used individually or combined to form a vegetable gratin.
I love to make a Vegetable bake, minus the flour but by adding some white cheese sauce.I like to add Broccoli, carrot, and sweet potato in my veggie bake. I also love to make this Cheesy Vegetable Pasta bake, where I can sneak in some veggies.
For Today’s recipe of Easy Cauliflower Gratin, I have used only cauliflower. Why only cauliflower because I love it baked with cheese. Secondly, it is also the most common vegetable used in gratin and I decided to make this for the current month’s Baking Bloggers theme where we bloggers voted for Baking of France.
Cauliflower is one of the most healthy vegetables. It is low carb and aids in weight loss. Even though it is a rich source of nutrients not many like it. For kids, I like to sneak this in No Onion No Garlic Pav Bhaji or Cheesy Baked Cauliflower Tots. I also love to make this simple Gobi Aloo Matar Sabji and for sides this Sticky Cauliflower Sriracha Cauliflower Wings and Cauliflower and Green Onion Fritters.
Recipe process of Easy Cauliflower Gratin
Today’s process of Cauliflower Gratin is quite easy. Cauliflower is cooked a bit until slightly tender. Then the white sauce is prepared with flour, milk, cheese, salt and pepper. Traditionally Emmental Cheese is used but I have used Cheddar Cheese. The white sauce is then poured over cauliflower in a buttered dish and baked for 20-30 minutes. For the last 5 minutes, I grilled or broiled the top to give it a lovely golden colour.
So here goes the recipe of Easy Cauliflower Gratin
Easy Cauliflower Gratin
- Baking Dish
- 3 Cups of Cauliflower Florets – 350 grams
- 2 Tablespoon Butter – 30 grams (1 teaspoon extra for greasing the baking tray)
- 1 tablespoon Whole Wheat Flour (Plain Four / All purpose Flour ) Approximately 10 grams
- 1 Cup Milk – 235 ml
- Salt to taste
- 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
- ½ Cup Grated Cheese (I have used Cheddar Cheese, traditionally Emmental cheese is used)
- Preheat the oven to 200 Deg C.
- Grease a 6*4 inch baking tray.
- Grease the baking tray with butter.
- Cook the cauliflower in boiling water for 4-5 minutes.
- Drain and keep aside.
- In a heavy bottom pan, add in the butter.
- Once slightly melted add the flour and mix it. Do this quickly and on medium, not allowing the flour to burn.
- Now add the milk and salt and cook the mixture on slow to medium stirring continuously.
- After 1-2 minutes, add pepper and keep stirring continuously on medium so that it does not stick to the bottom.
- Once it slightly thickens add in the cheese and mix.
- Switch off and assemble everything.
- In the baking dish, add in the cauliflower.
- Pour the white sauce on the cauliflower and bake it for 20 minutes.
- For the last 5-10 minutes broil it (i.e. only using the top grill for baking).
- Remove and let it rest for 5 minutes.
- Enjoy it hot.
- 1 Cup = 235 ml, 1 tbsp= 15 ml, 1 tsp = 5 ml
- Any other vegetables can be used.
- Baking time will vary depending on the size of the baking tray
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