Cauliflower and goat cheese gratin.
Coming home late and wanting to prepare a new recipe , can be a recipe for disaster. I have been wanting to prepare this great cauliflower gratin from Bobby Flays’s “Bar American Cookbook” for a while now, but every time I read the recipe I got discourage because it was too late to start and I did not have the time necessary to donate to it. Re reading the recipe I decided it to modify it and make it more school night friendly.
Steaming the cauliflowers was a quick short cut that eliminate a good 20 minutes from the oven cooking and could be done alongside preparing the béchamel sauce. And voila, what was supposed to be an over one hour meal preparation it was done in less than 45 minutes.
We served alongside a nice bone in pork chop.
* Life lesson from my grandmother: when cooking cauliflower, squeeze a teaspoon of lemon in the water, or place some slices of lemon in the water. The lemon will absorb the smell that we are not too fond of.
* Make sure the cauliflower is not too cook but still has a bite or the whole plate will become mush.
* Using regular goat cheese is fine, actually that is what was required on the original recipe. I did not have any on hand.
* Use a good Monterey Jack cheese that is not too high on fat content.
Cauliflower and Goat Cheese Gratin
- 45 mins total
- 10 mins prep
- 35 mins cook
- serves 6
2 tablespoons + more for baking dish unsalted butter
2 - 3 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour
1 1/2 cup grated Monterey jack cheese
6 ounces cut into small pieces herbed goat cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 head cut into florets cauliflower
Preheat oven to 350° and butter a 10 inch gratin baking dish.
Steam the cut cauliflower until slightly tender. Remove from heat and place in a dish to cool off.
Meanwhile in a heavy sauce pan over medium heat melt butter and whisk in the flour. Stir to blend and cook for I minute. Gradually add the milk while whisking constantly until the mixture has thickened.
Transfer the sauce over the cauliflower and stir well.
Place the cheese and cauliflower mixture into the buttered gratin dish and top with remaining goat cheese and Parmesan cheese.
Place the gratin dish over a cookie sheet (for spillage) and bake until the cauliflower is tender and the top bobbly and golden brown.
Let it rest for a few minutes before serving.
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