Cauliflower Au Gratin with Ham

Cauliflower Au Gratin is a delicious easy to make the alternative to Potatoes Au Gratin that you’ll love making when your craving a comfort food casserole. It combines Healthy Cauliflower, heavy cream, half and half cream, Swiss cheese, parmesan cheese, and smoky ham for an all-star casserole to serve your family.

Have you ever craved your favorite comfort foods, yet, though,  I think I’ll skip it due to excessive carbs and calories? I definitely have thought the same thing, better not bother with eating that due to all the carbs and calories hence how Cauliflower Au Gratin with Ham came to be.

Cauliflower Au Gratin is a delicious easy to make the alternative to Potatoes Au Gratin that you'll love making when your craving a comfort food casserole. It combines Healthy Cauliflower, heavy cream, half and half cream, Swiss cheese, parmesan cheese, and smoky ham for an all-star casserole to serve your family.That is exactly why I started going through old recipes, Y’all, to figure out ways I could enjoy my favorite comfort food casseroles or something very similar. The Potatoes Au Gratin was one I decided I could do something fairly minimal to achieve a delicious lower calorie version of something I love so dearly by omitting the potatoes and substituting cauliflower.

Make no mistake this isn’t a diet food of any sort, it still retains it’s rich delicious comforting flavors of heavy cream, half and half, as well as real butter and flour so if you are watching your weight don’t go overboard, however, enjoy a lower calorie version to curb that craving for your favorite comfort food.

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Ingredients you will need for the recipe
  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup of diced smoked ham
  • 4 tablespoons or (1/2 stick)of unsalted butter, divided
  • 4 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup of half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon of grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup of grated Swiss cheese divided by 2
  • 1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan, divided x2
  • 1 small thinly sliced onion, if desired

 

 

 
Interesting facts to ponder concerning Cauliflower
  1. 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.
  2. Cauliflower has been grown and enjoyed across Europe since the 1500s.
  3. The Cauliflower  plant was introduced to France from Genoa, Italy  in the 16th century,  and are featured in Olivier de Serres’ Théâtre de 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.”
  4. 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.
  5. Cauliflower is closely related to broccoli, cabbage, kale, turnips, rutabagas, and Brussels sprouts
  6. Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable.  It is called this because the flowers have four petals and resemble a Greek cross.
  7. Cruciferous vegetables are full of nutrients that may help prevent cancer
  8. Cauliflower is actually a flower that hasn’t fully developed yet
  9. Cauliflower leaves are edible, but they do have a stronger taste than the florets
  10. China is the world’s leading producer of cauliflower
  11. 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.”
  12. Green cauliflower is produced when you cross cauliflower with broccoli

 

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Cauliflower Au Gratin is a delicious easy to make the alternative to Potatoes Au Gratin that you'll love making when your craving a comfort food casserole. It combines Healthy Cauliflower, heavy cream, half and half cream, Swiss cheese, parmesan cheese, and smoky ham for an all-star casserole to serve your family.
Cauliflower Au Gratin with Ham
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 
Cauliflower Au Gratin is a delicious easy to make the alternative to Potatoes Au Gratin . It combines Healthy Cauliflower, heavy cream, half and half cream, Swiss cheese, Parmesan cheese, and smoky ham for an all-star casserole to serve your family this winter.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Au Gratin, cauliflower, Ham
Servings: 6
Author: hmccallum
Ingredients
  • 1 large head of cauliflower cut into florets
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup of diced smoked ham
  • 4 tablespoons or 1/2 stick of unsalted butter, divided
  • 4 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup of half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon of grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup of grated Swiss cheese divided by 2
  • 1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan divided x2
  • 1 small thinly sliced onion if desired
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Steam the cauliflower florets in a large steamer for 2 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. Slowly add 3/4 of a cup of freshly grated swiss cheese, stirring constantly till completely melted. Remove the pan from the burner, add 1 teaspoon of salt, pepper, nutmeg, and of 1/2 Parmesan cheese.
  4. 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. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and drizzle over the gratin. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 of Parmesan cheese, diced ham, and salt and pepper. Evenly distribute a layer of thinly sliced onions on top of cauliflower, if desired. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the top, is browned. Serve hot or at room temperature.

 

 

 

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Cauliflower Au Gratin is a delicious easy to make the alternative to Potatoes Au Gratin that you'll love making when your craving a comfort food casserole. It combines Healthy Cauliflower, heavy cream, half and half cream, Swiss cheese, parmesan cheese, and smoky ham for an all-star casserole to serve your family.

 

 

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