Cauliflower Asparagus Gratin

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Cauliflower Asparagus Gratin

Looking for a delicious and healthy side dish to add to your next gathering? Look no further than this cauliflower asparagus gratin! This dish is packed with flavor and nutrients, and best of all, it’s easy to make.

This indulgent Cauliflower Asparagus Gratin is the perfect side dish for any occasion! The creamy cheese sauce pairs perfectly with the fresh asparagus and cauliflower, making it a dish you’ll definitely want to try.

Plus, it’s easy to make and only takes a few minutes to prepare. So whether you’re looking for a new recipe to add to your rotation or just need something delicious to serve at your next gathering, this gratin is sure to please!

Cauliflower Asparagus Gratin

I poured some creamy and cheesy sauce over some of my favorite veggies to bring you Cauliflower Asparagus Gratin – a make-ahead dinner for two, or a side for the whole family.

Okay, I know I’ve been slacking. The truth is, it’s been a crazy month. I won’t bore you with all the details. All you need to know is that I went to Disneyland. Woo woo!

I hadn’t had much of a chance to try out new things in the kitchen this past month, but one thing I did try was whipping up a variation of Ina Garten’s Cauliflower Gratin.

If I could, I’d eat mac & cheese every day, but I was looking for an alternative and that’s when I found this recipe. 

Gratin is a French word, and it describes a dish that has a golden crust on top, usually from breadcrumbs, cheese, and butter or eggs. I nixed the butter and eggs in this dish, because it’s already delicious as it is, but I’m still calling it a gratin because that’s just how I roll.

As a beginner, I’m still trying to figure out which herbs go best with different ingredients. For this dish, I wanted to add an herb.

I thought – what herb usually tops mac & cheese – and boom! Parsley! After all, this dish is basically mac & cheese, minus the noodles, plus the veggies.

Now I can have all my cheesy goodness without the heaviness of the noodles. Hip hip, hooray!

What to serve with Cauliflower Asparagus Gratin

Cauliflower Asparagus Gratin is a delicious and healthy side dish that can be served with a variety of main courses.

  • For a light meal, try pairing it with grilled chicken or fish.
  • For a heartier option, serve it alongside roast beef or pork.
  • This dish can also be enjoyed as a vegetarian main course. Cauliflower Asparagus Gratin is best when served fresh and hot out of the oven.

However, leftovers can be reheated and enjoyed the next day. Simply place the gratin in a baking dish and heat at a 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes, or until warm throughout. Enjoy!

Cauliflower Asparagus Gratin

How to make Cauliflower Asparagus Gratin

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8 x 11 glass or baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a 3 quart pot, boil water and add a pinch of salt. Add cauliflower and asparagus.* Boil about 7 minutes, until tender. Drain.
  3. In the meantime, melt butter in a large nonstick pan over low heat. Add flour and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until incorporated, 3 minutes. (Don’t rush this step, otherwise your dish will taste like raw flour.) Add half & half, stir, then increase heat to medium. Bring to a boil, and boil 3-4 minutes, stirring often, until thickened. Remove from heat. Add nutmeg, parsley, pinch of pepper, and 1 tsp salt. Stir. Sprinkle in cheddar cheese and ½ cup parmesan in increments, and stir to combine.
  4. Pour one-third of mixture into bottom of pan. Top evenly with cauliflower and asparagus. Top with remaining mixture, then remaining ¼ cup parmesan. Sprinkle with panko. Bake 25-30 minutes, until bubbling and lightly golden on top. Let sit for 5 minutes, then dig in!
Yield: 1

Cauliflower Asparagus Gratin

Cauliflower Asparagus Gratin

Cauliflower Asparagus Gratin is a delicious and healthy recipe that is perfect for a winter meal. The gratin is made with cauliflower, asparagus, garlic, and cheese. It is a simple recipe that can be made in under an hour.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • cooking spray
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 cups cauliflower florets (from a 1½ lb head)
  • 1½ cups asparagus (about ⅔ lb), trimmed and cut into thirds
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour (see notes)
  • 2 cups half & half, room temperature
  • ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp dried parsley
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup shredded sharp yellow cheddar
  • ¾ cup shredded parmesan, divided
  • 1 tbsp panko bread crumbs (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8 x 11 glass or baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a 3 quart pot, boil water and add a pinch of salt. Add cauliflower and asparagus.* Boil about 7 minutes, until tender. Drain.
  3. In the meantime, melt butter in a large nonstick pan over low heat. Add flour and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until incorporated, 3 minutes. (Don't rush this step, otherwise your dish will taste like raw flour.) Add half & half, stir, then increase heat to medium. Bring to a boil, and boil 3-4 minutes, stirring often, until thickened. Remove from heat. Add nutmeg, parsley, pinch of pepper, and 1 tsp salt. Stir. Sprinkle in cheddar cheese and ½ cup parmesan in increments, and stir to combine.
  4. Pour one-third of mixture into bottom of pan. Top evenly with cauliflower and asparagus. Top with remaining mixture, then remaining ¼ cup parmesan. Sprinkle with panko. Bake 25-30 minutes, until bubbling and lightly golden on top. Let sit for 5 minutes, then dig in!

Notes

To measure flour: Always use a regular spoon to scoop flour in increments, and pour into measuring spoon or measuring cup. When full, level off the top of the measuring spoon with the back of a knife. This ensures accurate measurement. If you scoop it with the measuring spoon and add it right into your recipe, it will pack the flour down, increasing the amount you are using and changing the recipe.*Thick asparagus will need to be added to the boiling water with the cauliflower. Add thin asparagus 4 minutes after cauliflower.To make-ahead: After assembling ingredients in pan, cover and refrigerate until ready to bake.

Nutrition Information

Yield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 905Total Fat 67gSaturated Fat 41gTrans Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 23gCholesterol 197mgSodium 1377mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 8gSugar 16gProtein 42g

FAQ and Tips

Cauliflower Asparagus Gratin is a classic French dish that is perfect for a special occasion. The dish is made with fresh asparagus and cauliflower, which are cooked in a rich cheese sauce. The gratin is then baked until it is golden brown and bubbly. Cauliflower Asparagus Gratin can be served as an entree or side dish. Here are some tips for making the perfect Cauliflower Asparagus Gratin:

  • Use fresh asparagus and cauliflower for the best flavor.
  • Cook the vegetables in a rich cheese sauce for a creamy, flavorful gratin.
  • Bake the gratin until it is golden brown and bubbly.
  • Serve Cauliflower Asparagus Gratin as an entree or side dish. Enjoy!

Can I make Cauliflower Asparagus Gratin ahead of time?

Yes, Cauliflower Asparagus Gratin can be made ahead of time and reheated. Just bake the gratin, cool it completely,

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