Cauliflower Au Gratin, this has been on my do-list for a long time, there are so many recipes on the net, but all of them ( at least the ones that I checked ) called for Gruyere cheese, which I was not able to find here. I even tried to find it online, but the closest that I could get was Emmental Cheese Slices, but I still wanted to make this Au Gratin, so I went ahead and made it with the Emmental cheese. This is a very simple dish, just baking cauliflower with cheesy white sauce and topped with bread crumbs and more cheese, an excellent side, serve it with a light pasta dish and some soup for a complete meal..
Need To Have
- Cauliflower - 1 small head
- Milk - 11/2 cup
- Butter - 11/2 tablespoon
- All Purpose Flour - 11/2 tablespoon
- Emmental Cheese Slices - 4
- Parmesan Cheese - 3 tablespoon
- Bread Crumbs - 1/4 cup
- Nutmeg Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
- Salt And Pepper to taste
Break the cauliflower into big florets, add it to boiling water and leave for 3 to 5 minutes, then strain and keep.
Mix the melted butter and flour together, then add the milk, mix it well with a whisk and cook it till it becomes a little thick.
Then add the nutmeg powder, 2 of the Emmental cheese slices, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste, whisk it well into a smooth mixture and keep.
Add 1/2 of the cheese mixture in a baking tray, top it with the cauliflower pieces, then pour the remaining cheese mixture.
Top it with half of the bread crumbs, followed by the cheese slices ( I tore it into small pieces ), then add the remaining bread crumbs, add some more pepper powder, bake it at 190 C for 30 minutes till the top turns golden.
If you can't find Emmental cheese, I think you can still do it with some cheddar cheese too or even with only parmesan cheese.
If you are using grated cheese instead of the emmental cheese slices, just mix it with the bread crumbs, spread over the cauliflower and bake.
Since I was using the emmental cheese for the first time, wast not too sure of the taste, so I used only four slices, but if you're using grated cheese, make sure the top is covered liberally with the cheese and bread crumbs mixture.