Cauliflower Au' Gratin

I first had this at my friend, Mandy's home for dinner & I was totally bought over. The melted cheese over the softly-cooked cauliflower. Intertwined between is the creamy, rich white sauce. Sprinkled lightly with white breadcrumbs as the finishing touch, adds the crunch after the baking. Just beautiful!

White Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup reserved liquid from the water used to boil the cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese


  • 1 firm cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs

White Sauce Method

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan.
  2. Stir in the flour & cook for 1 minute.
  3. Gradually pour in the milk & reserved liquid (from boiling the cauliflower) stirring all the time until the sauce boils & thickens.
  4. Remove pan from heat & stir in the cheese. Continue stirring till it melts into the sauce.
  5. Add salt & pepper to taste.

Method for Cauliflower Au' Gratin

  1. Bring saucepan of water to the boil. Add cauliflower.
  2. Boil covered for 20 minutes till tender. Drain well.
  3. Keep aside 3/4 cup of the water used to boil the cauliflower to make the white sauce.
  4. Cut into florets.
  5. Arrange on a greased ovenproof dish.
  6. Pour the white sauce evenly over the cauliflower.
  7. Sprinkle with grated cheese & breadcrumbs.
  8. Bake in a preheated 200 deg oven for 10-15 minutes.
  9. Serve at once.