Light and Easy Cauliflower Gratin

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This super simple and easy to make cauliflower gratin uses light Havarti cheese, a splash of half and half, breadcrumbs and some seasoning for a delicious quick side.

This super simple and easy to make cauliflower gratin uses light Havarti cheese, a splash of half and half, breadcrumbs and some seasoning for a delicious quick side.Cauliflower Gratin

Thanksgiving is at my Mom’s house this year. She makes the turkey, stuffing, gravy and mashed potatoes and we all bring the rest. I always bring a vegetable or two and some appetizers, my cousin brings dessert and my sister in law usually brings a salad.

Some other Thanksgiving side dishes I love to bring are Brussels Sprouts Gratin, Green Bean Salad and Sweet Potatoes Brulee.

Last year I made a cauliflower gratin that was a lot more complicated than this, but I wanted to test out an easier version knowing many of you will be looking for easy sides. This is super simple, all done in the oven so you don’t need to dirty extra pots and pans. You can double this in a 9 x 12 baking dish if you want to feed more people. I used light Havarti cheese because I love the taste, but you can use Swiss, cheddar or whatever you wish.

And BTW, the serving spoon in the photo above and fork below is from Such A Time Designs. Beautiful, affordable silver plated one-of-a-kind hand stamped flatware that makes great gifts.

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This super simple and easy to make cauliflower gratin uses light Havarti cheese, a splash of half and half, breadcrumbs and some seasoning for a delicious quick side.
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Light and Easy Cauliflower Gratin

98 Cals 7 Protein 8 Carbs 5 Fats
Prep Time: 4 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 49 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Side Dish
CUISINE: American
Last year I made a cauliflower gratin that was a lot more complicated than this, but I wanted to test out an easier version knowing many of you will be looking for easy sides. This is super simple, all done in the oven so you don't need to dirty extra pots and pans. You can double this in a 9 x 12 baking dish if you want to feed more people. I used light Havarti cheese because I love the taste, but you can use Swiss, cheddar or whatever you wish.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into small florets (about 5 cups)
  • 1/4 cup half and half cream
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 2 oz shredded light Havarti
  • 1 tbsp bread crumbs
  • baking spray

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place cauliflower florets in a 9 x 9 baking dish.
  • Whisk half & half, salt, black pepper and nutmeg then pour over the cauliflower.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake until tender, about 40 minutes.
  • Remove foil, sprinkle with shredded Havarti cheese and breadcrumbs; lightly spray with oil and bake 3 to 5 more minutes.
  • If you want it a little browned on top you could place it under the broiler for a minute instead.

Nutrition

Serving: 1generous cup, Calories: 98kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 4.5g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 327mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g
WW Points Plus: 2
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34 comments

  1. This is light and delicious with just the right amount of seasoning. The cheese and bread crumbs add the extra layer that takes this from boring cauliflower to something special. 

  2. We discovered this recipe a couple years ago, and it instantly became a family favorite. We always just use the sliced Havarti for sandwiches and tear it up since I can’t always find a block of it at my local grocery store. I love that it isn’t super cheesy- just enough to take the flavor up a notch. It’s the only way my 3 children will eat cauliflower, so it gets made 1-2/month! Thank you!

  3. This recipe is a family favorite in our home!