This delicious Cauliflower Gratin uses sharp cheddar and Parmesan, and this is a perfect low-carb side dish for a special meal! And I’ve also enjoyed this as a meatless main dish.
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This Cauliflower Gratin that uses sharp cheddar and Parmesan cheese is a recipe that has quite a few fans and it’s low-carb, delicious, cheesy, comforting, and also ridiculously easy to make. There’s something so perfect about the combination of cauliflower + cheese; don’t you agree?
This recipe is a close cousin to the Broccoli Gratin that’s also one of my favorites (and something I’ve made over and over for Thanksgiving or other special dinners.)
Both of these easy gratin recipes are great as a cheesy side dish, but recently 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.
What is a Gratin?
The word Gratin refers to any dish that’s topped with cheese (and sometimes butter and breadcrumbs) and then cooked in the oven or under a broiler until the top is well-browned and slightly crisp.
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
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- finely grated sharp cheddar cheese
- sour cream
- fresh squeezed lemon juice, I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice
- Dijon mustard (affiliate link)
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
- finely grated Parmesan cheese
Can you make this Cauliflower Gratin recipe with frozen cauliflower?
Personally I would use fresh cauliflower for this recipe, and I haven’t tried making it with frozen cauliflower. But if you’re a frozen cauliflower fan I’m guessing you can probably get a pretty good result using thawed and well drained frozen cauliflower that’s slightly pre-cooked.
More Gratin Recipes to Savor:
If you like cheesy vegetable gratins you might also like Delicata Squash and Sausage Gratin, Ham and Broccoli Casserole au Gratin, Sweet Potato Gratin, Easy Brussels Sprouts Gratin, or Spaghetti Squash and Chard Gratin.
How to Make Cauliflower Gratin:
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- Cut a medium-sized head of cauliflower into bite-sized pieces; then cook the cauliflower in boiling water for 10 minutes.
- While cauliflower is cooking, mix together finely grated sharp cheddar cheese, mayo, sour cream, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and pepper.
- When cauliflower has cooked ten minutes, drain well in a colander placed in the sink.
- After cauliflower drains well, place in baking dish that you’ve sprayed with non-stick spray or a little olive oil.
- 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! I’d love this for a meatless dinner or a cheesy side dish!
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1 medium head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup finely grated sharp cheddar cheese
4 T mayo
4 T sour cream
1 T fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
fresh ground black pepper to taste
3 T finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 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 cauliflower into a colander placed in the sink and let it drain very well.
- 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.
Amount Per Serving:
calories: 268Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 375mgCarbohydrates: 6gfiber: 2gSugar: 2gprotein: 12g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This recipe would be great for low-carb or Keto eating plans. It could be suitable for any phase of the original South Beach Diet, but it would be recommended to use low-fat sharp cheddar, low-fat mayo, and low-fat sour cream if you’re making this for South Beach.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was posted in 2009. It has been popular ever since and was last updated with more information in 2023.
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