Company Cauliflower Gratin

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This rich cauliflower gratin holds its own when paired with hearty main dishes being served this time of year. Despite its simple assembly, it makes an elegant addition to a fall or winter dinner party menu.

Cauliflower is my husband Larry’s favorite vegetable and I can anticipate his big smile whenever I serve this with our supper.

Serves 4

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 1 cup Fontina, grated
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
  • 1/2 cup Roquefort, crumbled
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • kosher salt and ground white pepper
  • sweet paprika

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Cut the cauliflower into florets. Set aside.

3. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the three cheeses. Set aside.

4. In a flat baking dish, arrange the cauliflower florets in a single layer.

5. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the cauliflower.

6. Pour the cream over the cauliflower-cheese mixture.

7. Season with salt, pepper and sweet paprika.

8. Bake uncovered for thirty minutes, until cauliflower can be easily pierced with a fork. Serve immediately.

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8 Responses to Company Cauliflower Gratin

  1. Toni January 13, 2011 at 4:45 am #

    When our kids were younger only way they would eat cauliflower was with cheese sauce. Will make this and I’m sure they will love it now that they are adults.

    • lizthechef January 13, 2011 at 5:40 am #

      This is even better, honest…Did you see my winter in the garden post?

  2. Elizabeth January 13, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    Sounds great. I love cheesy creamy things. Comfort food all the way.

    • lizthechef January 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

      Thanks, it is so easy to prepare for a last minute dinner party…

  3. Elizabeth January 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Cheesy cream sauce is comfort on the plate. Love it.

  4. TasteFood January 14, 2011 at 3:48 am #

    Yum, Liz. I love gratins and cauliflower is a favorite. I like the addition of blue cheese – that’s a nice twist!

  5. nutmegnanny January 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    Sounds delicious! I love cauliflower!

  6. Gisele aka LA2LAChef January 15, 2011 at 11:44 pm #

    Yummy! It’s a wonderful time to revisit cauliflower(an underrated veggie), as they are so beautiful right now. Bought a gorgeous one at the farmer’s market myself last week that I will be playing around with.

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