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.
Yield: 4 servings
3.5 from 2 votes

Light and Easy Cauliflower Gratin

Prep Time: 4 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 49 mins
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.


  • 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


  • 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.


Serving: 1generous cup, Calories: 98kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 4.5g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 327mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g
Blue Smart Points: 3
Green Smart Points: 3
Purple Smart Points: 3
Points +: 2