Monday, November 4, 2013

Cooking Lab - Cauliflower Gratin in Blue Cheese Sauce (法式焗烤白花椰菜)

Today must be the coldest day in Sydney!

The perfect weather for baked cauliflower gratin. It is pretty easy to make and taste great. 

Coat the cauliflowers in thick creamy cheesy bechamel sauce - one absolutely delicious bake dish on its own accord!



Doesn't that look marvelous?

(c) GMV - Got My Vote!'

A gratin is a type of French Casserole. A cauliflower gratin is a pretty handy dish when you’re busy and pressed for time. The flavour intensify when reheated. This a family favourite dish that is easy to assemble, delicious in taste and healthy at the same time.

This cauliflower gratin is pretty easy, taste great and doesn't create too much mess in the Kitchen. Plus it is a real versatile dish, you can combine this with half brocoli, carrots or with any other veggies you fancy. 

Smear or suffocate the cauliflowers in thick creamy cheesy bechamel sauce and there you have it!


- 1 Medium Cauliflower, trimmed & cut into large florets.
-  200g bacon rashers, rind removed and finely chopped.
- 20g Butter
- 1L Skim Milk
- 2 tablespoon plain flour
- 20g Blue Cheese
- 10ml White wine.
- Salt & Pepper to season
- Grated Mozzarella Cheese 
- Sea salt flakes and black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 200C.

2. Cut the cauliflower into bite-sized florets.

3.  Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to boil.

4. Boil cauliflower florets in salted water until 'al dente'.

5. Cook the cauliflower florets and cook for 5 minutes.

6. Drain the cauliflower florets and line them in an ovenproof dish.

7. In a separate fry pan, lightly spray some oil. Fry the bacon until crispy.

To Make the Bechamel Sauce:

a. Melt butter in pan.

b. Stir in the flour.

c. Cook the lump mixture & add milk.

d. Add more milk and whisk until thicken.

e. Melt in the blue cheese and a dash of white wine.

8. Pour the white sauce over the cauliflower.

9. Generously top with the bacon stripes.

10. Scatter the mixed cheese on top.

11. Place the tray into the oven and bake the cauliflower for 20 minutes or until bubbling and golden.

12. Remove from oven.

13. Serve immediately with salt and pepper.

Simply perfect as a classy side dish.

The dish is a little indulgent because of the white sauce, cheese and bacon. I think it is a relative healthy dish with 2 serves of cauliflower. This is a good side to any roast dish, too. 

This recipe is very simple to make and is absolutely delicious!