Bacon Cauliflower au Gratin

  • Prep Time
    15 min
  • Cook Time
    40 min
  • Serves
    8-10
The perfect side dish for a holiday dinner or any-time meal. For this gratin recipe, swap potatoes for seasonal cauliflower, toss in a buttery, rich cheese sauce and top with crispy bacon.

How To

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Heat a small skillet to medium high heat. Add bacon and saute until crispy, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Remove bacon from the skillet and place on a paper towel lined plate; set aside.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  5. Add cauliflower florets to the pot and cook for 4-5 minutes, until tender. Drain the cauliflower in a colander.
  6. Pour drained cauliflower into a lightly greased 13x9 inch baking dish.
  7. In the meantime, heat a medium saucepan to medium high heat.
  8. Add butter to saucepan and melt. Then add flour to pan. Whisk the flour and butter together, continue to do so for at least 3 minutes.
  9. Slowly pour in milk, whisking the entire time. Bring milk and flour mixture to a boil. Reduce to simmer, and let simmer for about 6-8 minutes to thicken,whisking occasionally.
  10. Remove saucepan from the heat. Add in 1 ¼ cups shredded cheese, fresh thyme, salt, and pepper.
  11. Whisk until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth.
  12. Pour cheese sauce over the cauliflower. Using a spoon, gently mix the cheese sauce and cauliflower together.
  13. Sprinkle the top of the cauliflower mixture with bacon, additional fresh thyme, and 2 tablespoons of shredded cheese.
  14. Place baking dish in oven and bake for 20 minutes until slightly browned.
  15. Remove from oven and serve it up. Sprinkle the remaining cheese as a yummy topper.

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