Roasted Cauliflower and Aged White Cheddar Gratin from Closet Cooking

Tender roasted cauliflower in an aged white cheddar sauce that is baked until golden brown and bubbling with a crispy panko breadcrumb topping.


Servings: makes 4-8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour (rice flour for gluten-free)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup aged white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs (gluten free for gluten free)
Directions
  1. Toss the cauliflower florets in the oil along with the salt and pepper and arrange them in a single layer on a large baking sheet.
  2. Roast the cauliflower in a preheated 400F oven until lightly golden brown, about 20-30 minutes.
  3. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, mix in the flour and let cook until it just starts to brown a little.
  4. Mix in the milk, nutmeg, salt and pepper and cheese and heat until the cheese melts and the sauce thickens.
  5. Mix cauliflower into the bechamel sauce, pour into a baking dish and top with the bread crumbs.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until it is bubbling on the sides and golden brown on top, about 15-20 minutes.
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