Cauliflower Gratin with Bacon Topping

September 9, 2014

Cauliflower Gratin with Bacon Topping is a simple and delicious alternative to my country Scalloped Potatoes or Potato Gratin recipe.  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, I always do a few things — I research my recipe online. Recipes are never indeed our creations, unfortunately. If I have made it or thought it up, chances are someone had 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.



Cauliflower Gratin with Bacon Topping

The most important thing, to 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 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.



Ingredients needed for Cauliflower Gratin with Bacon Topping

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



Cauliflower Gratin with Bacon Topping

Cauliflower Gratin with Bacon Topping

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.
4.58 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
0 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 154 kcal


  • 1 large head of cauliflower cut into large florets
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons or ½ stick unsalted butter, divided
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ heavy cream
  • ¾ cup half and half
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan divided x2
  • 3 slices of crisp bacon chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Cook the cauliflower florets in a large pot of boiling salted water for 3 to 4 minutes, drain
  • While waiting, melt 2 tablespoons of the unsalted butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add 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.
  • Remove the pan from the burner, add 1 teaspoon of salt, pepper, nutmeg, and ½ Parmesan cheese.
  • Pour ⅓ 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.
  • Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and drizzle over the gratin. Sprinkle with remaining ½ of Parmesan cheese, chopped bacon, salt, and pepper.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is browned. Serve hot or at room temperature.


Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and how ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Under no circumstances will be responsible for any loss or damage resulting from your reliance on nutritional information.


Calories: 154kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 8gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 257mgPotassium: 284mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 191IUVitamin C: 35mgCalcium: 182mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Cauliflower Gratin, Cauliflower Gratin with Bacon Topping
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If you enjoyed this recipe, here are a few other suggestions you might like.

  •  Cauliflower Cakes will be one of those sinfully delicious, flavorful. Yet, almost guilt-free snacks you’ll love to eat with your favorite Marinara Sauce.
  •  Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup that’s simmered to perfection and layered with pure flavors of Cauliflower, broccoli, onions, celery, carrots, chicken stock,  cream, butter, and the perfect cheesy goodness we all love in our warm belly-filling bowls of Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup
  • Buffalo Cauliflower Bites Recipe is one of those spicy to die for yet surprisingly healthier recipes, an excellent combination of cauliflower coated in a deliciously crispy batter, then baked and tossed in a homemade Buffalo Sauce to create a simple and delicious appetizer that would be perfect for vegetarian friends, impromptu get-together, or even game night.

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  • Reply
    mila furman
    November 21, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! I may have to make this one time as my veggie for the week 🙂 Thank you for linking it with us at #FoodieFridays! I picked them as one of my faves this week 🙂

  • Reply
    November 14, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    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!

  • Reply
    giramuk's kitchen
    November 14, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    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!

  • Reply
    Jenny B @ Honey and Birch
    November 13, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Yum!!! And I love all of the cauliflower facts!

    Visiting from Foodie Fridays linkup – have a great weekend!

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