Get gratin! Who needs potatoes when cauliflower makes a picture perfect side dish, with a few less carbs?
With winter officially around us, and upon us, and pressing against the windowpanes, it’s only right we break out some serious comfort food.
Of course, being the new year and all, comfort food also has to lend some sort of nutritional value to our resolution-driven diets. Which is why this gorgeously simple Cauliflower Gratin makes the perfect side dish. Rich and hearty, chock full of veggies, this recipe offers that special something for body and taste buds alike.
Start with a head of cauliflower and a white onion. I grabbed parsley as well, thinking it would be pretty in the final pictures, but then I got so excited over the final dish I forgot to sprinkle it with parsley. With or without, your own batch of this divine food is going to be perfection.
Toss your butter and onion in a pan over medium heat. Let the butter melt and simmer, then cook the onion until smooth and melty.
Now grab your cauliflower, chop it up, and toss it in a boiling hot water bath to soften the cauliflower just a bit.
Turn that butter and onion into a roux with the addition of flour and cream. And more cream. And did I mention cream? Oh, and Parmesan.
I know, right? Just breathe. In. Out. In. Out.
Once everything is prepared, you’re going to toss your cauliflower in a lightly greased pan. Then pour the cheesy sauce right over the cauliflower.
Toss a simple “breadcrumb” mixture together using Chex Mix, and once you’ve got that sprinkled all over your pan of gratin, you’re ready to bake it all in a hot oven for 30 minutes, just until the mixture is bubbling around the edges and golden brown up top. Enjoy!
More Vegetable Casseroles
Warm and comforting, veggie side dishes are great this time of year. Try some of these:
- Cheesy Green Bean Casserole Recipe
- Grain and Vegetable Casserole Recipe
- Lentil and Mixed Vegetables Recipe
- Thai Red Curry Cauliflower Recipe
- Carrots with Apricot-Ginger Glaze Recipe
For more ideas, try our Super Veggies recipe collection:
Refreshing takes on nature’s most perfect foods: spinach, broccoli and more hearty greens, all fortified with Vitamin A(wesome).