Monday, June 28, 2010

Day 311: Cauliflower Gratin

Yield: 1 med casserole dish
Time (Start to Finish): 1 hour

½ head cauliflower, cut into pieces
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
1 cup cream, warmed
salt and pepper
½ cup asiago cheese
¼ cup parmesan cheese, plus 2 Tbsp
½ cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs

1. Preheat oven to 375F
2. In boiling salted water, cook the cauliflower for about 3 min until it is still firm but just softening. Remove from hot water and plunge in ice water
3. Melt the butter in a pan and add the flour with a whisk and then add the cream. Whisk until it begins to thicken
4. Add the cheeses (minus the 2 Tbsp), salt, pepper, scrape of nutmeg and cayenne and stir until it until it melts
5. Add the cauliflower, stir, and pour into the saucepan
6. Combine the bread crumbs with the parm cheese and sprinkle on top of the casserole and bake for 25-30 min until the top begins to brown

Rating: 4.5 strawberries
Notes: I remember working in New York at a catering company in their food design department and we would be able to taste a lot of the food they cooked. They made a KILLER cauliflower gratin and it is all I think of when I think of cauliflower. This is cheesy, yummy, and a great sub if you don’t want to eat mac and cheese. You must try it. It is also a great spread on toasts or pita pieces. I hope you guys make this. You can even change the cheese around to cheddar or jack or all sorts of stuff!

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