Week 18, Recipe 2: Cauliflower & Bacon Gratin

Recipe courtesy of Giada de Laurentiis
  • Unsalted butter, for dish, plus 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 slices day-old sourdough bread or 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup capers, rinsed and drained
  • 8 ounces bacon, cooked until crispy and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup grated Gruyere, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 8-inch casserole dish. Set aside.
In the bowl of a food processor, blend the bread until it forms into crumbs.
In a large non-stick skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the bread crumbs and cook, stirring constantly until all the butter has been absorbed and the bread crumbs are toasted, about 1 to 2 minutes.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the cream and flour. Add the capers, bacon and 1/2 cup of the Gruyere. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add the cauliflower and cook for 2 minutes. Drain the cauliflower and toss with the cream mixture. Pour the cauliflower mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with the bread crumbs and remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.
Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 35 to 40 minutes until the cheese has melted and the top is golden brown.

Results: I mixed gruyere & asiago cheeses.  This was A.MA.ZING!!  Waaaay too many breadcrumbs.  Definitely halve them.  I would also probably make the crumbs the top instead of the cheese for reheating purposes.  It was fine the first day but once it cools it's kind of weird.


K. Rock said...

This looks interesting. I love cauliflower and I need a new way to prepare it.

Jameil said...

Pick this one! Very very yummy! I've never met a cauliflower I liked until now!