Cauliflower Gratin with Bacon Topping

Cauliflower Gratin with Bacon ToppingCauliflower Gratin with Bacon Topping is a simple and delicious alternative to my recipe for Country  Scalloped Potatoes  or Potato Gratin.  It combines Healthy Cauliflower, heavy cream, half and half, parmesan cheese, and crisp bacon as a tasty topping the entire family will enjoy this Fall.

Before I make one of my creations with the idea of placing the recipe on my Blog for you, there are a few things I always do — I research my recipe online, recipes are never truly our own creations unfortunately. If I have made it or thought it up, chances are someone has made it long before I was ever thought of or even born .  If they have made it, I like to compare our recipes and techniques… You can always learn something new, or even more beneficial when making a recipe.

The other most important thing to me as well as you the reader is– Before ever thinking of placing a recipe on my blog, I test it not just once, but at least 2-3 times. I make any needed adaptations or adjustments for you to be able to enjoy the recipe at home without fail. There’s nothing like a “complete flop recipe” from the web when you are expecting company.

Interestingly enough while looking around on the net at some recipes, I found out one of my beloved inspirations Julia Child,  turned 100 years old on August 15th, 2012 and a panel of chefs and culinary experts compiled a list of the 100 most-beloved recipes by Julia Child  Number 93 was her Cauliflower au gratin with cheese (Chou-­fleur à la mornay, gratiné),  from  the recipe book  of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I . While, I did not use her lovely recipe for Cauliflower Gratin to make mine today, after researching her recipe I really would like to try it out next time.

Below you will find some interesting Facts concerning the Cauliflower plant, as well as my recipe for Cauliflower Gratin with Bacon topping.

Interesting facts concerning Cauliflower

For  Cauliflower being such a highly modified plant, the vegetable cauliflower has a long history. The Cauliflower plant was originally was grown in Asia and around the Mediterranean Sea.

Cauliflower has been grown and enjoyed across Europe since the 1500’s.

The Cauliflower  plant was introduced to France from Genoa, Italy  in the 16th century,  and are featured in Olivier de Serres’ Théâtre de l’agriculture , as  cauli-fiori  as the Italians call it, which are still rather rare in France; they hold an honorable place in the garden because of their delicacy.”

Cauliflower was first cultivated in Margaretville in 1891, when William F. VanBenschoten planted a handful of seeds on his farm on a mountaintop overlooking the village. The vegetable thrived in the region, and Mr. VanBenschoten’s first crop found a ready market in New York City.

Cauliflower is closely related to broccoli, cabbage, kale, turnips, rutabagas, and Brussels sprouts

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable.  It is called this because of the flowers have four petals and resemble a Greek cross.

Cruciferous vegetables are full of nutrients that may help prevent cancer

Cauliflower is actually a flower that hasn’t fully developed yet

Cauliflower leaves are edible, but they do have a more stronger taste than the florets

China is the world’s leading producer of cauliflower

California produces the most cauliflower –than any other state in the USA. Cauliflower is grown in the Salinas Valley of California also known as the “Salad Bowl of the World.”

Green cauliflower is produced when you cross cauliflower with broccoli

Cauliflower Gratin Recipe

  • 1  large head of cauliflower, cut into large florets
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons or  (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, divided
  • 4   tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1  cup freshly grated parmesan, divided x2
  • 3 slices of crisp bacon ,chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cook the cauliflower florets in a large pot of boiling salted water for 3 to 4 minutes, drain
  3. While waiting, melt 2 tablespoons of the unsalted butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add in the flour, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon for 1-2 minutes. Pour the heavy cream and half and half into the butter and flour mixture and stir until it comes to a low simmer, whisking constantly, for 1 minute or until thickened.
  4. Remove the pan off the burner, add 1 teaspoon of salt,  pepper, nutmeg, and the 1/2 Parmesan cheese.
  5. Pour 1/3 of the sauce on the bottom of an 8 by 11 by 2-inch baking dish. Place the drained cauliflower on top and then spread the rest of the sauce evenly on top.
  6. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and drizzle over the gratin. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 of Parmesan cheese,chopped bacon, salt and pepper.
  7. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is browned. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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24 thoughts on “Cauliflower Gratin with Bacon Topping

  1. dishofdailylife says:

    We need to eat more cauliflower here. The kids like it, but it is not one of my favorites. I don’t dislike it though…it’s just that there are other veggies I absolutely love. Your recipe sounds so good though…I have a feeling it could be a turning point for me. I enjoy gratins and I love bacon. Thanks for sharing it with us at Foodie Fridays! Pinning!

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  2. giramuk's kitchen says:

    There’s nothing better than Cauliflower with Cheese, but then I’ve never added Bacon to it! I’m sure it will blow my mind!!
    I never knew those facts about Cauliflower! Never knew China was the number 1 producer! 🙂 Well i definitely learned something new! 🙂 Happy FF!

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  3. Culinary Flavors says:

    I used to hate cauliflower but now I love it! With the bacon topping who can resist? Again, thanks for coming and linking up at The Weekend Social. All posts get pinned in our pinterest board! Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on culinaryflavors.gr ! I hope to see you there!

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  4. savoryexperiments says:

    I had no idea that Chine was leading producer of cauliflower! I love how you combined it with savory cream and salty bacon, the Parmesan must make a fabulously crispy gratin crust!

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