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First of all, I have seen several of the blogs that I read that are participating in National Blog Posting Month – otherwise known as NaBloPoMo. I really wasn’t planning on participating, but seeing that I have tons of pictures of recipes that I haven’t blogged about, I figured that this would be a good opportunity to share some of these and catch up. I went and counted, and I have 15 – so that combined with what I will make through the month – I figure I should have plenty!! So I’m sorry if you get tired of hearing from me every day!! (Let’s see if I can actually make it through the month!)

I rarely make side dishes. I know, I am probably a bad menu planner/cook because of this, but it seems like when we eat dinner, we really are never hungry enough for the main dish plus side dishes. This kind of strikes me as weird, because as I type that, I realize that whenever we go out, we almost always get an appetizer. Maybe that is why we always bring home so much in a to-go container!! I have been trying to branch out a bit and try different side dishes – sometimes it is nice to have more than 1 thing on your plate! On this particular night, we hadn’t planned for dinner, so upon digging through the freezer, we found some chicken thighs and some sausages that my husband could cook on the grill. I used this opportunity to make a side dish. I remembered a cauliflower dish that I saw on Leslie’s blog, so I decided to do it. The recipe originally comes from Epicurious. It is a cauliflower gratin that has a horseradish crumb on top. Well, I didn’t have the horseradish, so I decided to do what Leslie did and I substituted the horseradish crumbs with seasoned bread crumbs. Leslie’s looks a lot prettier because she served hers in individual ramekins, but it still tasted very good even though it didn’t look as good!! It made me realize that most side dishes can be thrown together with minimal effort, and they really do compliment the meal. I’m going to try to make more of an effort now to put a complete dinner on the table!!

Cauliflower Cheddar Gratin
adapted from Epicurious

3 lb cauliflower (1 large head), cut into 1 1/2- to 2-inch florets
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups whole milk

6 oz sharp Cheddar, coarsely grated (2 cups)

1/2 cup finely chopped scallion greens

1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
seasoned breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 450°F. Butter a 2-quart shallow baking dish.

Cook cauliflower in a 5- to 6-quart pot of boiling salted water until just tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain cauliflower well in a colander and transfer to baking dish.

While cauliflower cooks, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a 3- to 4-quart heavy saucepan over moderately low heat and whisk in flour. Cook roux, whisking, 3 minutes. Add milk in a slow stream, whisking, and bring to a boil, whisking frequently. Reduce heat and simmer sauce, whisking occasionally, 8 minutes. Remove from heat and add cheese, scallion greens, salt, and pepper, whisking until cheese is melted. Pour cheese sauce over cauliflower and stir gently to combine.

Sprinkle enough breadcrumbs to evenly top the cauliflower.

Bake gratin until topping is golden brown, about 10 minutes.

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16 Responses to Cauliflower Cheddar Gratin

  1. Abby says:

    I’ve had a broccoli/cauliflower gratin recipe tagged forever – I’m going to have to make it after seeing this! Cauliflower is actually one of my favorite veggies, and I have a head in the fridge (along with some horseradish.) I see tomorrow’s lunch!

  2. jennifer says:

    This looks really good. I’m not a big side dish person, but I bet you could serve this with rice and you could have a meal.

  3. ems says:

    This looks really good! I don’t cook much, and am actually terrified of my kitchen. But I’ve been trying more as of late, and the nablopomo randomizer brought me to your blog. I think it’s fate :-)

  4. Zee says:

    Hi! I came over from NaBloPoMo. I’m challenging myself to comment on as many blogs as possible this month as well as post.

    Wow! I hope you don’t mind, but I’m totally stealing this recipe from you. Your picture just made me hungry, and I finished dinner not that long ago. Thanks!

    Happy Posting!

  5. Anh says:

    Deborah, this is a great way to serve cauliflower. I am not much of cauliflower fan, but willing to try them in different way. This must eb one of them!

  6. Marie says:

    We call this cauliflower cheese over here and it’s one of my favourites! Yours looks delicious!

  7. Chris says:

    This looks delicious! I, too, am not a side dish girl. Actually, if I do make a side, it acts as my main course. This looks like one of those dishes that I’m going to have to keep in mind for my next cauliflower purchase. :)

  8. Kelly-Jane says:

    It’s a lovely thing that your have the enthusiasm to be able to blog everyday!

    Great gratin =)

  9. glamah16 says:

    I’m happy your particiapting and posting everyday.I enjoy your blog a lot and your always so kind with your comments. One day I hope to build up recipe and photos so I can always have something at hand.So keep posting and inspiring.

  10. Paz says:

    Cauliflower and cheese? Oh, I have to try this recipe! Thanks for stopping by my blog.


  11. Nora B. says:

    Hi Deborah, I’m just dropping by to give you my support for your attempt to post something everyday for this month as part of NaBloPoMo. Go Deb! ;-)

  12. Mandy says:

    kudos for participating the national blog posting month! I don’t think I can survive a blog posting week. ;p
    It’s surely lots of fun to see your dishes everyday. :)

  13. Cynthia says:

    Deborah! Thanks very much for this recipe. I am definitely going to make it.

  14. Kevin says:

    I often have trouble working side dishes in as well. Cauliflour smothered in cheese sounds really good though.

  15. eatme_delicious says:

    Okay another recipe I’m going to steal from you. :) I love cauliflower. My mom makes this baked cauliflower that she got from another relative. That’s one of my favourite veggie dishes. Basically you steam the cauliflower until tender, then spread on a mixture of I think it’s Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, Dijon mustard and a couple of other things?

  16. Sunshinemom says:

    I love this thing, and you just made me hungry again!

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