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Cauliflower au Gratin

Count on this dish to make new vegetable converts. Whenever I serve it, people ask for the recipe. Sometimes I’ll substitute broccoli for all or half the cauliflower, and the green veggie tastes just as good! —Jacki Ricci, Ely, Nevada
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 4 ounces cooked ham, chopped
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 head cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley


  • Preheat broiler. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add ham and garlic; saute for 2 minutes. Add cauliflower, and cook just until crisp-tender. Combine cream and flour; stir into skillet, and blend well. Add salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly; cook and stir 1 minute longer.
  • Pour into a 2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese. Broil until lightly browned, 2-4 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve immediately.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Make this vegetarian by omitting the ham. To create some smoky/salty flavor, add 1/4 tsp of salt and sprinkle with a little paprika.
  • For an added boost of nutrition and color, add 1/2 lb of chopped asparagus or frozen peas along with the cauliflower.
  • Nutrition Facts
    3/4 cup: 351 calories, 32g fat (20g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 362mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 11g protein.


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    • weecebaby
      Apr 18, 2020

      very good, and simple!

    • Amy
      Nov 29, 2019

      Made this for Thanksgiving minus the ham, and used Gruyere cheese. Broke the cauliflower smaller, and sauteed a little more tender. It was the BOMB! Nothing left. Definitely going to be a holiday staple.

    • tennis-twin
      Jan 6, 2019

      Love this as a side dish (I don't add ham ). Have been making it for years - both my kids asked for recipe when they got married!

    • JennyMix
      May 21, 2013

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      Oct 8, 2012

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      Oct 3, 2012

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    • pamom174
      Dec 23, 2011

      I make this for special holidays. It's something my family looks forward to.

    • jporter10738
      Dec 21, 2009

      This was awesome! I used bacon instead of ham because we were having ham with dinner but it was still SOOO good!!!

    • scraping
      Jul 27, 2009

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