Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Gratin

cauliflower with blue cheese gratin baked with spoon ready to serve

cauliflower with blue cheese gratin baked with spoon ready to serve

Cauliflower with blue cheese gratin is a winning combination. Cauliflower and cheesy sauce bubbling with golden breadcrumbs is irresistible,  pure comfort food. Delicious served with grilled lamb chops or steamed fish or with your favourite roast.

Cauliflower preparation

It’s important not to overcook the cauliflower. Steaming is great as the cauliflower doesn’t become ‘waterlogged’. Cook till a knife inserted to the stem still has some resistance. The cauliflower will continue cooking in the oven.

Sauce

The all in one béchamel sauce for the gratin freezes well. When making the sauce it’s a good idea to make double so as to freeze for a future gratin.

 

Cheese

We prefer a strong tasting blue cheese but if you like a mild blue such as Castello use that instead. You can, of course, make the sauce with cheddar cheese.

Freezing

Gratins freeze well. Perfect for making ahead and removing from the freezer to bake into a glorious bubbling, golden comfort food with complete ease. Think silverbeet, broccoli or potato gratin.

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cauliflower with blue cheese gratin baked with spoon ready to serve
Yield: 4-6 serves

Cauliflower with blue cheese gratin

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Golden, bubbling cauliflower with blue cheese gratin is pure comfort food. Topped off with crunchy bread crumbs for extra texture.

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 1 pint (600 ml) full cream milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ounces (60 g) butter
  • 2 ounces (60 g) all purpose (plain) flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine white pepper
  • 3 1/2 ounces (100 g) blue cheese - see notes

Gratin

  •  1 medium cauliflower cut cored and cut into  large florets
  • 3 1/2 ounces (100 g) grated cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs or 3 slices white bread cut into small cubes
  • 2 ounces (50 g) butter

Instructions

Sauce

  • place milk, butter, flour, nutmeg and pepper into saucepan
  • whisk over medium-high heat until butter melts and sauce thickens - about 5-7 minutes
  • allow sauce to simmer gently for a minute
  • add blue cheese and whisk through sauce
  • remove from heat until ready to use

Gratin

  • you will need a 10 inch (25 cm ) square baking dish
  • preheat oven to 365 f (185 c)
  • cut cauliflower into large florets
  • place in steamer with lid over medium-high heat
  • steam for 3-4 minutes
  • remove cauliflower from steamer and place evenly into baking dish
  • melt butter and add bread crumbs tossing to cover in butter
  • pour sauce over cauliflower
  • sprinkle cheese over cauliflower then add bread crumbs
  • bake until golden and bubbling
  • serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • we used a danish blue cheese but you can use gorgonzola, Roquefort or any other blue cheese that you fancy. You can also replace the blue cheese for cheddar cheese

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 288Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 41mgSodium 779mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 14g

Nutritional information provided here is only intended as a guide.

 

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