27 November 2011

Cauliflower Gratin

Adapted with some changes from Deb's Smitten Kitchen recipe


1 medium sized cauliflower, cut into florets
4 tbsp unsalted butter
3 tbsp all purpose flour
2 cup hot milk
1 tsp fresh black pepper
2 tbsp dijon mustard (my own variation)
1/2-3/4 cup parmesan cheese (this depends on how much you want to put in it)
1/2 cup bread crumbs

To cook the cauliflower, the original recipe asks to boil it in water til done. I steamed them instead to retain more nutrition. Steam for about 7-8 minutes till done but with a bite. Don't overcook.

In a wok, melt 2 tbsp of the butter and add the flour. Stir constantly till the raw smell of the flour disappears, about 2 mins. Make sure to stir so that flour does not brown. Now add the hot milk and stir till the mixture begins to boil. I use a whisk to stir to avoid getting any lumps. Boil till the mixture thickens, about 4-5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup Parmesan, dijon mustard and salt/ pepper.

Add the cauliflowers to the white sauce to coat evenly. Put the mixture into a baking dish, and top with a mix of the remaining cheese and bread crumbs. Dot the dish with butter if desired, and bake at 375F for 30 minutes till golden.


Gayatri said...

Looks delicious Mekhy! I'm going to make it this week :)


Anonymous said...

Its so easy to assemble, that it will become a home staple!-MSM

Garima said...

Si know I know how th TGiving meal actually got made...awesome!!! Haev to try this... its an instresting way to serve up wlll a pretty boring veg (Cauliflower is not my fav!)

Anonymous said...

Garima, I absolutely love cauliflower. I find that making it with limited spices brings out its true flavour. Try it and let me know what you think! Thanks for visiting my blog! -MS

Deepthi said...

Garima - you dont like cauliflower? *shudder* Absolute blasphemy!! Try this recipe - it'll change your mind! It's awesome!