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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.

Update: Hey Y’all this post is due for an update to the photos and blog post, be sure to stay tuned and see the New and Improved recipe and Images!
 
 
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

 

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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Cauliflower Au Gratin with Ham

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.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
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

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Steam the cauliflower florets in a large steamer for 2 to 4 minutes, drain
  • 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.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 01 | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg

 

 

 

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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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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Stacy
    January 9, 2019 at 8:48 am

    I made this a week ago and the flavor was awesome. I really enjoyed sharing this with some co-workers the next day and they all love it too. I will be making this again and again.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      January 9, 2019 at 8:50 am

      Hi, there Stacy, glad to hear this! I am so happy you enjoyed this recipe. I am about to redo the images soon and make a few updates. Stay tuned.
      Hugs
      Heidy

  • Reply
    Nicky
    January 8, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Great comfort food recipe using ham and cauliflower. Pinning for later.

  • Reply
    Judy
    January 5, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Thanks for sharing a great recipe for cauliflower. I can’t wait to try it out.

  • Reply
    Cristen
    January 3, 2015 at 11:43 am

    WOW! This looks delicious! I’m making this for sure. I’ve got ham up to my ears! 🙂

  • Reply
    Moore or Less Cooking Food Blog
    January 2, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Looks amazing! I have to try your cauliflower recipe! Nettie

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      January 2, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      Let me know if you do ! Thanks for the compliment Nettie!

  • Reply
    Hadia
    January 2, 2015 at 9:58 am

    A festive cauliflower dish that is warm and bursting with flavor! Love it Heidy!

  • Reply
    Angie Mc
    January 2, 2015 at 1:33 am

    I love how you used a healthy veggie instead of potato! Your Cauliflower looks wonderful.

  • Reply
    Nicole Neverman
    January 1, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    This gratin sounds so super delicious! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for our party next time!
    Nicole

  • Reply
    Dan from Platter Talk
    January 1, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Comforting and wonderful dish here, I love the use of cauliflower!

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