Saturday, February 07, 2015

Cauliflower Gratin with Sharp Cheddar and Parmesan (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

Cauliflower Gratin with Sharp Cheddar and Parmesan can be a nice low-carb stand-in for Mac-n-Cheese!

Cauliflower Gratin with Sharp Cheddar and Parmesan found on KalynsKitchen.com

This Cauliflower Gratin with Sharp Cheddar and Parmesan was first posted in 2009, and it's a recipe that has quite a few fans in spite of the not-so-great original photo.  (Scroll down to see that picture and you'll see what I mean!)  So when I noticed those bad photos again recently and had some cauliflower in the fridge, I decided this recipe really needed a make-over.  And it was just as delicious as I had remembered, cheesy and comforting.  There's something so perfect about the combination of cauliflower + cheese; wouldn't you agree?

This recipe is a close cousin to the Broccoli Gratin with Swiss and Parmesan that's also one of my favorites (and something I've made over and over for Thanksgiving.)  Both of them are great as a cheesy side dish, but this time I ate the cauliflower for a low-carb main dish (kind of a mac-n-cheese wanna-be) and thoroughly enjoyed it as a meatless meal with a green salad on the side. 

If you're looking for a Meatless Monday idea for next week, I bet this would be a hit with most people, and I'd guess that even people who aren't huge cauliflower fans might like this if they like cheese.   (You can find lots more Meatless Monday Recipes with the new recipes-by-photo index. (There are plenty of Vegetarian Recipes and Vegan Recipes in the photo index as well.)  I also have a great Meatless Monday Pinterest board with recipes from lots of my blogging friends, and I share a weekly recipe for Meatless Monday at BlogHer.com.)

(Cauliflower Gratin with Sharp Cheddar and Parmesan was updated with better photos, February 2015.)
 

Cauliflower Gratin with Sharp Cheddar and Parmesan found on KalynsKitchen.com
Cut a medium-sized head of cauliflower into bite-sized pieces; then cook in boiling water for 10 minutes and let drain well in a colander in the sink. After cauliflower drains well, place in baking dish that you've sprayed with non-stick spray or a little olive oil.


Cauliflower Gratin with Sharp Cheddar and Parmesan found on KalynsKitchen.com
While cauliflower is cooking, mix together finely grated sharp cheddar cheese, mayo, sour cream, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and pepper.  Use a rubber scraper to spread the cheese mixture over the cauliflower. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake 25-30 minutes, or until cauliflower is bubbly and lightly browned on top.  Yum!


Original photo Cauliflower Gratin with Sharp Cheddar and Parmesan found on KalynsKitchen.com
And just for fun, here's the original photo of this recipe, which you have to agree doesn't really show it off all that well!

Cauliflower Gratin with Sharp Cheddar and Parmesan found on KalynsKitchen.com
Cauliflower Gratin with Sharp Cheddar and Parmesan
(Makes 4-6 servings, recipe adapted from Broccoli Gratin recipe in A Pinch of Salt Lake.

Ingredients:
1 medium head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup finely grated sharp cheddar cheese (I have made with with low-fat and regular sharp cheddar and both were fine)
4 T mayo or light mayo (but not fat free)
4 T sour cream or light sour cream (but not fat free)
1 T fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
fresh ground black pepper to taste
3 T finely grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375F/190C. Cut cauliflower into bite sized pieces. (To avoid the little broken pieces of cauliflower all over the cutting board, cut through cauliflower stem, then pull apart the flower end.) Put cauliflower in a small pot, add water to cover by a few inches, then bring to boil and cook 10 minutes, or until cauliflower is just starting to get tender. Drain into a colander placed in the sink.

While cauliflower cooks, stir together mayo, sour cream, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and black pepper. Stir in finely grated sharp cheddar.

Spray a large glass or crockery baking dish with olive oil or non-stick spray, then pour the well-drained cauliflower into the dish and spread out evenly. Use a rubber scraper to spread gratin mixture over the top of the cauliflower. (This is not a sauce that completely covers the cauliflower, more like a topping.) Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes, or until cauliflower is bubbling and lightly browned. Serve hot.

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South Beach/Low-Carb Suggestions:
This recipe could be suitable for any phase of the South Beach Diet, but you'd need to use low-fat sharp cheddar, low-fat mayo, and low-fat sour cream if you're making this for South Beach. With regular dairy products, this would be suitable for most other types of low-carb eating plans.

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

More Meatless Cauliflower Paired with Cheese
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)

Mashed Cauliflower with Cheese and Dill ~ Kalyn's Kitchen

Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan ~ Simply Recipes

Pureed Cauliflower with Garlic, Parmesan, and Goat Cheese ~ Kalyn's Kitchen

Cauliflower Blue Cheese Gratin ~ A Veggie Venture

Cheesy Baked Cauliflower Tots ~ Kalyn's Kitchen

Brown Rice and Blue Cheese Gratin with Cauliflower and Broccoli ~  Lisa's Kitchen
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39 comments:

  1. This dish looks so good! I've been wanting to find more options for califlower. I love it, but I always either steam it or use it for dips so, I'll have to try this. Thanks

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  2. Such a satisfying cold winter meal. I've been eating lots of squash and cabbage lately, but should pick up some cauliflower. Lovely recipe Kalyn!

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  3. oh yum! i can't wait to try this! i've made cauliflower gratin but never with cheddar. i bet its fabulous!

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  4. Thanks so much for commenting on my blog! This dish looks fabulous. I love cheesy side dishes served with a lighter main course, and broccoli and cauliflower are two of the vegetables I crave most.

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  5. One of my all time favorite dishes. Looks wonderful.

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  6. carole with an "e" in NYCJanuary 20, 2009 at 6:11 AM

    I had a party over the weekend and have LOTS of leftover cauliflower from the crudite. Thanks for this delicious looking way for me to use it up tonight. Have a terrific day, Kalyn.

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  7. I am always looking for more ways to use cauliflower as I love the vegetable. Do you think this can be assembled ahead of time and then baked? The ingredients are probably fantastic together. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  8. I'm glad people are liking this, because it's such an easy way to make this type of dish, so much easier than making an actual sauce. Definitely I think this can be made ahead, refrigerated, and then cooked later. If you have time, I'd take it out of the fridge and let come to room temperature before you bake.

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  9. I love cauliflower and this is so easy to make & is a satisfying meal too. Thanks Kalyn.

    Cheers,
    Siri

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  10. Cauliflower cheese - a great British classic. Ok, I know yours isn't quite the same but in my eyes this is a classic combination which would remind me of my childhood.

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  11. I love cauliflower, but Josh hates it. Maybe he would enjoy it if I fixed this dish though. It looks fantastic!

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  12. Some day I'm going to learn to love cauliflower, and when I do, I'm going to make this recipe. I try once every year to find a cauliflower dish that will change my mind about it. Usually melted cheese will do the trick!

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  13. Yes yes yes! I agree gratin goes so well with roasted pork. I love cauliflower too so a great excuse to switch the potatoes to cauliflower :)

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  14. I wish I saw this before I steamed mine tonight. Doh!

    PS - Greetings from Heber

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  15. I love this dish, I made it last week with cheddar & stilton, then on Sunday with just Port Salou & a low fat creme fraiche sauce.
    It makes life so much easier when you can just pop things in the oven & more or less forget about them.;0)

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  16. I was just thinking the other day that it had been awhile since I made a gratin. I used to love broccoli gratin.

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  17. Kalyn, I can't thank you enough for this recipe. I have a terrible weakness for mac and cheese and I was mourning not having it in my life anymore. You totally have come to my rescue!! I made this last night and my entire family just snarfed it up in utter ecstasy. It is BETTER than mac and cheese. This dish is such a keeper. Again, thanks.

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  18. This sounds really good to me, I just wish I could convince hubs to eat cauliflower. Maybe I'll make a have recipe just for me! :-)

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  19. Great way to get some cauliflower in us!

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  20. This looks delicious Kalyn! i love cauliflower and cheese mmm

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  21. Nothing goes better with cauliflower (or broccoli for that matter!) than cheese, cheese, cheese.

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  22. Looks like a great recipe Kalyn, and I'm sure I'd enjoy it because I love both cauliflower and cheese!

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  23. Thanks everyone for the nice feedback. I just bought some cauliflower so I can make this again!

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  24. It's a real coincidence, but I was wondering what to do with the cauliflower that's about to die in my fridge. This looks lovely.

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  25. I have a real thing for macaroni and cheese. I might be some kind of addict, actually. This looks like it would sub nicely without all the carbs/calories. Thank you! I am so making this!

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  26. What a tasty sounding gratin with the cheese, mayo and mustard!

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  27. I had this tonight. My goodness it was really good. I'm still stuffed!

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  28. My sweet husband just brought me two lovely heads of cauliflower from our garden. I am so happy to find this recipe. We love your twice baked cauliflower and enjoy it on special occasions. Thanks so much.

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  29. I made this recipe tonight out of hopes to find something different to eat, as my veggie likes are limited. I am still on phase one of the SBD and have become bored with some of my options. I made a combo cauliflower broccoli chicken chunk bake. I was missing some of the ingredients so I used a dab of sugar free soy milk instead of sour cream and didn't have dijon so I used a dash of montreal chicken seasoning and a dash of olive oil and it was divine!!! Even the kids LOVED it!!! I know mine was a bit diff but it was inspired by your recipe. Thanks for the great ideas, choices...HOW WONDERFUL!!!

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  30. Ashlyn, how great! I love it that my recipe inspired you to create a variation.

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  31. Made this the other day and very happy with it. I didn't have any cheddar, so make it with a three cheese mixture. This one's a keeper.

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  32. Cathie, glad to hear that you enjoyed it!

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  33. This dish was delicious! It was a big hit in our house and we have one picky eater. Thanks Kalyn!

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  34. Oh good, so glad it even was a hit with the picky eater!

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  35. So glad I found this recipe! I was in search of one that didn't require flour and this one is perfect.

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  36. Superb! I love gratin. I made a cauliflower gratin just last week when we had friends over!

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  37. Do you think I could substitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream and mayo?

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  38. Sue, you could try it, but I honestly don't know how that would work. I think the melting aspect of Greek yogurt is a little different and I wonder if it will be watery here. But let me know how it works if you try it!

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