cauliflower gratin

Cauliflower Gratin

cauliflower gratin

Cauliflower Gratin

Mike Nadelman
Freshly cooked cauliflower, covered with a delicious homemade bechamel sauce, topped with cheese, then baked in the oven. this cauliflower french recipe is great for vegetarian looking for a french vegetarian recipe idea that will not leave them hungry. that cauliflower with white sauce can be served as a side or main and is really tasty. The sauce used in this cauliflower with cheese recipe is a bechamel sauce made from scratch. infused with flavours of cloves ,onions, cayenne pepper and bayleaf which really give you that lovely taste throughout the cauliflower gratin.
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Total Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine French, Vegetable, Vegetarian
Servings 4 Servings


  • 2 1/2 cups cauliflower
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese


  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup butter to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 small bay leaves
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 yellow onions
  • 4 cloves placed in onion



  • clean trim and wash your cauliflower in to medium size florets.
  • Put a large pan pan with water and salt to boil (for the cauliflower)
  • measure you flour, butter, and milk.


  • Pour the milk in a sauce pan. add salt, pepper, a bay leaf and half and onion pricked with cloves.
  • Bring to the milk to the boil on low heat. ( when the milk reach boil point point turn the heat off and leave to infuse until your roux has cool down)
  • While the milk is warming up, use another pan on low heat and melt the butter the first.
  • as soon as the butter is melted add all of the flour in the pan. mix well with a whisk over low heat for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • when done turn the heat of and let that mix ( the roux) cool down.
  • when the roux ( mix of butter and flour) has cool down, pour the milk over (making sure you remove the onions and bay leaf)
  • Bring now the mix of roux and milk roux to the boil on low to medium heat, stirring continuously with a whisk. very quickly the mix will thicken and start boiling.
  • when the sauce is boiling just keep on cooking it for another 2 minutes (while keeping on stirring) then turn the heat off. the Bechamel sauce is ready


  • By now your water should be boiling so just put the cauliflower in the boiling water and cook the florets until tender.
  • when they cooked rinse them over cold water.


  • Heat oven to 350F
  • Use a baking dish or equivalent. Add a layer of Bechamel sauce on the bottom of the dish.
  • cover with all of the cauliflower florets and top up with the rest of the Bechamel as( as shown in the video)
  • finally if you like top up with grated cheese and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or untill a nice golden crust has forme on top.
  • when cook serve immediately.


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