Reader Recipe: Individual Cauliflower Gratin

Reader Recipe: Individual Cauliflower Gratin

This recipe, sent in by our friend Luisa Ormonde of Luisa’s Catering, is a great alternative to scalloped potatoes or mac ‘n cheese. Time 30 minutes, Serves 4. See the original post here.


  • Individual cauliflower gratins. Picture by Luisa Ormonde.

    1 (3-pound) head cauliflower, cut into large florets

  • few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups half & half
  • grated nutmeg, to taste
  • kosher salt & white pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup freshly grated Gruyere or(Swiss/Emmentaler Cheese)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano, divided
  • 1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Place the cauliflower and thyme sprigs in a steam basket over a pot of boiling water. Cover and steam the cauliflower florets for 10-15 minutes, until tender but still firm. Drain.

Meanwhile, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add the flour, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Slowly pour the half & half into the butter-flour mixture and stir until it comes to a boil. Boil, whisking constantly, for 1 minute, or until thickened. Off the heat, add salt, white pepper, nutmeg, the Gruyere, and half the Parmesan.

Pour a little sauce on the bottom of each small baking dish. Place the drained cauliflower on top and then divide the rest of the sauce evenly on top (you might have a little sauce left over).

Combine the bread crumbs with the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter (melted) and sprinkle over the gratin. Sprinkle with the remaining parmigiano-reggiano.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the top is browned. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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