Cauliflower al Gratin (Coliflor Gratinada)

by Erica Dinho on April 29, 2010

Coliflor Gratinada

I love cheese sauce!!! I believe that anything tastes good with cheese sauce and Cauliflower is no exception. I made this Cauliflower al Gratin a couple of weeks ago, but for some reason I forgot to post it.

It is a delicious side dish!



(4 servings)

  • 2 pounds cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onions
  • 11/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup monterey jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup gouda cheese
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the cauliflower and cook until the florets are tender, about 8 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Mean while,make the sauce:
  3. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and add the onions. cook for about 5 minutes. Add the flour a little at a time, whisking to incorporate. Increase the heat to medium-low and gradually whisk in the milk.
  4. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture is thick and creamy, about 5 minutes. Add the cream,mustard and cheeses.
  5. Add the cumin , paprika, salt and black pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until the cheeses are melted, about 2 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 450F. Butter a shallow baking dish. Arrange the cauliflower in the dish and pour the sauce over it. Bake until golden brown, about 7 minutes. Serve immediately.
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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Baking is my Zen April 29, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Great way to use cauliflower!



2 Velva April 29, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Cauliflower takes on such a mild flavor and is such a versatile vegetable. Baked cauliflower with a cheese sauce-delicious.


3 Christina Tascon April 29, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Hi, when do you add the onions to this dish? With the sauce or in the oven with the cauliflower?


4 Erica April 29, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Christina- I fixed!!! Thank you!


5 ruth April 29, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Wow, we have cauliflower cheese in the UK, very similar but in no way shape or form as flavourful!!


6 Lyndsey April 29, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Oh, this looks and sounds wonderful, and you’re right anything tastes good with cheese sauce. Now if I can just get my daughter to eat it that way. She just likes it steamed! :)


7 grace April 29, 2010 at 5:33 PM

cheese sauce improves just about anything, and that’s rarely more true than with cauliflower. what a tasty dish you’ve made!


8 Soma April 29, 2010 at 6:10 PM

oh how we love our cauliflowers! Lovely dish.


9 Kim April 29, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Cauliflower is best with cheese! Love it:D


10 Simply Life April 29, 2010 at 7:04 PM

oooh this looks great and comforting!


11 rebecca subbiah April 29, 2010 at 10:26 PM

made cauliflower cheese for jasmine the other day she didn’t like it crazy baby


12 danielle April 30, 2010 at 12:52 AM

I love cauliflower…and the gouda cheese? YUM!!!


13 Joanne April 30, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Ultimate comfort food. Cheese sauce makes everything better…especially when you spiced it up with the paprika and mustard!


14 norma April 30, 2010 at 9:14 AM

I like this…looks really good. Nice side dish.


15 5 Star Foodie April 30, 2010 at 10:58 AM

What a terrific dish with cauliflower, yum!


16 Carla April 30, 2010 at 7:44 PM

We love anything “gratin”. It’s the only way I can get Michael to eat cooked zucchini or summer squash. Love this dish.


17 tasteofbeirut April 30, 2010 at 10:18 PM


I love this dish, so comforting; I need to remember to use gouda! I like it a lot but always forget to use in cooking!


18 Oysterculture April 30, 2010 at 11:35 PM

Another tasty treat, have been having a lot of cauliflower lately – not tired if it but this sounds like a delicious new dish!


19 Chris May 1, 2010 at 6:25 PM

I’m with you, Erica, anything tastes good with cheese sauce!


20 Muneeba May 3, 2010 at 12:15 AM

I’ve never eaten cauliflower this way, but you are SO right about how cheese sauce makes everything better :) I especially like that you added gouda … one of my favs!


21 Francijoe May 6, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Erica we just made this for lunch. Now we didn’t have the right cheeses, we just used white Colombian Cheese. It was wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!


22 Erica May 7, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Thank you guys for the comments and feedback!


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