Misbehavin’ veggies! Cauliflower all mixed up with a super easy and creamy cheese sauce! This recipe was lovingly borrowed from Ina Garten. She has easy flavorful recipes and she is by far my favorite TV ‘Chef’. She cooks the way I love to cook, which is simple and fresh.
I increased the sauce and the amount of veggies to make a bigger casserole. You can never have enough sauce and I wanted this to feed at least 6-8 people as a side dish. You can stretch this to 10 people depending on how many other dishes you serve. Would pair great with a baked ham or a roast chicken!
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Par cook your veggies in the microwave. I love this steamer basket. Or boil the cauliflower for 5 minutes until just fork tender.
Now dump those veggies on top of the sauce and pour your remaining cheese sauce over the top.
I used gruyere cheese but a cheddar cheese would be good. Think cauli mac and cheese without the mac!
Top with more cheese and bread crumbs. Bake for about 40 minutes and you have a cheesy wonderful dish. Now all you have to do is pat yourself on the back for eating all your veggies!
You can see all my side dishes here , but below are my two of my faves!
This only looks hard to make. No special tools required…just a sharp knife! It’s just simple au gratin potatoes right side up…or is it wrong side up?
More cauliflower in your fridge? Try this big flavored Cauliflower Rice with Mushrooms and Feta!
To creamy tasty veggies!
Baked Cauliflower Au Gratin
Fresh cauliflower mixed up with an easy to make cream sauce and topped with Gruyere cheese! Perfect compliment to all your meals and wonderful for any Holiday side dish!
- 8 cups cauliflower florets about 2 small heads
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/3 cup flour
- 3 cups milk 2 percent or whole
- 1 cup Gruyere cheese, grated cheddar or any other big flavored cheese would work
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup panko crumbs regular bread crumbs would work too
- 1/3 cup Gruyere cheese, grated
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Separate cauliflower into florets and either steam for 5 minutes or boil in large pot of water for 5 minutes, until just barely tender. Drain and set aside.
In sauce pan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter. Add 1/3 cup of flour and whisk until smooth and mixture is bubbling.
Add milk and continue to stir until thick. Sauce should cover the back of a spoon.
Pour 1/3 of the sauce into 9 x 13 casserole or au gratin dish.
Place par cooked cauliflower on top. Sprinkle with salt.
Pour remaining sauce onto of cauliflower.
For Topping - combine melted butter, gruyere and bread crumbs in small bowl. Sprinkle on top of cauliflower.
Bake for 30 minutes or until top is crispy and cauliflower is tender.