Bacon Cauliflower au Gratin

  • 5min
    prep time
  • 40min
    total time
  • 8-10

The perfect #RealFoodSunday 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.

Let's Make This Recipe!

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400°F.

  • Step 2

    Bring a small skillet to medium high heat. Add bacon and saute until crispy, about 3-4 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Remove bacon from the skillet and place on a paper towel lined plate to let the grease drain. Set aside.

  • Step 4

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

  • Step 5

    Add cauliflower florets to the pot and cook for 4-5 minutes, until tender.

  • Step 6

    Pour cooked cauliflower into a colander and drain liquid. Be sure all liquid is gone, so you don't end up with a watery casserole.

  • Step 7

    Pour drained cauliflower into a lightly greased 13x9 inch baking dish.

  • Step 8

    In the meantime, heat a medium saucepan to medium high heat.

  • Step 9

    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.

  • Step 10

    Slowly pour in milk, whisking the entire time. Bring milk and flour mixture to a boil. Reduce to simmer. Let the milk mixture simmer for about 6-8 minutes to thicken. Whisking occasionally.

  • Step 11

    Remove saucepan from the heat. Add in 1 ¼ cups shredded cheese, fresh thyme, salt, and pepper.

  • Step 12

    Whisk until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth.

  • Step 13

    Pour cheese sauce over the cauliflower.

  • Step 14

    Using a spoon, gently mix the cheese sauce and cauliflower together.

  • Step 15

    Sprinkle the top of the cauliflower mixture with bacon, additional fresh thyme, and 2 tablespoons of shredded cheese.

  • Step 16

    Place baking dish in oven and bake for 20 minutes until slightly browned.

  • Step 17

    Remove from oven and serve it up. Sprinkle the remaining cheese as a yummy topper.

Recipe By

Krista is the recipe developer and photographer of the popular Healthy Food Blog - Joyful Healthy Eats. She is a Midwest girl born and raised, but currently lives down south. Krista graduated with a degree in Sports Management & Wellness but her love and passion for food took over! Joyful Healthy Eats is a blog for those trying to eat healthier who still want to enjoy that occasional cookie. All the recipes on Joyful Healthy Eats are healthy and family friendly; with a focus on recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less! Cooking should be fun, and Krista shows you how easy it is to make a healthy meal, using fresh ingredients, and approachable techniques that leave you with a flavor bomb of a finished product! Come check it out!

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