Parmesan cauliflower cheese


Parmesan cauliflower cheese
In this recipe, the cauliflower is cooked first in milk and this is used to make a Parmesan-bechamel sauce. The dish is topped with more Parmesan before being browned in the oven.
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Last modified on: December 1st 2021

Keywords for this recipe:CheeseCauliflowerGratinBechamelParmesan
You will need:
  • 1 cauliflower 1 cauliflower
  • 2 whole milk 1 litre whole milk
  • 3 grated nutmeg grated nutmeg
  • 4 flour 100 g flour
  • 5 Parmigiano reggiano (Parmesan) 80 g Parmigiano reggiano (Parmesan)
  • 6 salt salt
  • 7 pepper pepper
  • Total weight: 2,380 grams

How long does it take?
Time required for this recipe:
PreparationCookingStart to finish
39 min.55 min.1 hour 34 min.
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Step by step recipe


Stage 1 - 20 min.
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Prepare 1 cauliflower.

Stage 2 - 2 min.
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Put the cauliflower in a large pan and cover with 1 litre whole milk. Salt, pepper and add nutmeg to taste.

Stage 3 - 15 min.
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Bring to the boil and cook until the cauliflower is barely tender (do not overcook).

Stage 4 - 4 min.
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Take the cauliflower out of the pan with a skimmer or araignée (spider) and transfer to a colander to drain. Keep the milk.

Stage 5 - 4 min.
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Butter a gratin dish generously and add the cauliflower (thoroughly drained).

Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).

Stage 6 - 5 min.
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Bring the milk used to cook the cauliflower back to a simmer.

Stage 7 - 1 min.
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Tip in 100 g flour all at once...

Stage 8 - 5 min.
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...and mix thoroughly with a whisk.

Keep stirring until the bechamel thickens.

Check the seasoning.

Stage 9 - 1 min.
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Add 80 g Parmigiano reggiano (Parmesan)...

Stage 10 - 3 min.
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...and stir until the cheese has melted.

Your Parmesan and cauliflower-flavoured bechamel is ready.

Stage 11 - 2 min.
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Pour a generous amount of sauce over the cauliflower.

Stage 12 - 2 min.
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Scatter a little more Parmesan over, or use a different cheese for the topping, such as Comté, Emmental, Cheddar...

Stage 13 - 30 min.
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Bake for about 30 minutes.

As always with gratin-style dishes, you can finish with a quick blast under the grill for 2 or 3 minutes to brown the top.
Remarks
You may well have some sauce left over after stage 11. This can be kept in the fridge for several days in a sealed container.
Keeping
1 or 2 days in the fridge, covered with plastic film.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,555 Kcal or 6,510 Kj115 gr147 gr56 gr
78 %44 %14 %8 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
65 Kcal or 272 Kj5 gr6 gr2 gr
3 %2 %1 %<1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
How much will it cost?
  • For : 4.44 €

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Source
Home made, based on a recipe by Diego Alary.
This recipe uses (among others)
Whole milkWhole milk: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Sandwich bread, Milk rolls, Hearty potato and ham gratin, Chocolate and vanilla crème brûlée, Cheese Soufflé, ... All
FlourFlour: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Crunchy little pieces of fish, Provençal colombier for Pentecost, Fish in a sesame crust, Financier batter, Coconut tuiles, ... All
Parmigiano reggiano (Parmesan)Parmigiano reggiano (Parmesan): You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Pistachio and spinach pesto, Tomato pesto, Turnip and Jerusalem artichoke soup, Tomato foccacia, Spaghetti with mussels and basil, ... All
CauliflowerCauliflower: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Cauliflower curry, Breton coleslaw, Cauliflower, red bean and avocado salad, Crunchy Cauliflower Salad with Lemon, Roscoff salad, ... All
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