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Cauliflower Gratin Recipe

Cauliflower Gratin Recipe
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1 3-pound head cauliflower, cut into large florets

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 cups hot milk

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg

3/4 cup grated Gruyère, divided

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs


Preheat the oven to 375 F. Bring a large pot of salty water to boil. Boil the cauliflower florets until beginning to soften, but farm from tender, about 5 minutes. In the meantime, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a sauce pan, then stir in the flour. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring often and removing any lumps. Add the warm milk , whisking constantly. Bring to a boil and cook until the mixture thickens, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and add 1 teaspoon salt, the pepper, 1/2 cup of each cheese, and nutmeg. Stir well to incorporate. Pour 1/3 of the sauce into an 8 x 11 inch baking dish, then add the cauliflower pieces. Cover with the remaining sauce, then top with a mixture of the bread crumbs and remaining Gruyère. Melt the remaining two tablespoons butter and drizzle over the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the top is browned. Hit it with a broiler to really crisp it up.