Inspired by Mark Bittman’s book: How to Cook Everything
- 1 large head of cauliflower, cooked and broken up into florets
(any method for cooking the cauliflower will work fine!)
- 1 cup of fresh basil pesto
(to find the recipe for homemade pesto, click here! )
- 1 1/2 cups fresh grated parmesan cheese
- 2 large cloves of freshly minced garlic
- 2-3 Tbsp. of olive oil
- A few leaves of chopped basil for garnish (optional)
- A handful of breadcrumbs for sprinkling (optional, omit breadcrumbs to keep recipe gluten-free)
- Pepper and iodized salt to taste
- Turn your oven onto the broiler setting.
- Spread the cooked cauliflower evenly into a large, shallow baking dish.
- Drizzle 2-3 Tbsp. of olive oil evenly over the vegetables, followed by the freshly minced garlic.
- Drizzle or spread the 1 cup of fresh basil pesto over the cauliflower, as evenly as possible.
- Next, sprinkle the grated parmesan cheese over the entire dish.
- Garnish by sprinkling a handful or so of breadcrumbs over the top of the dish, plus freshly chopped basil leaves if desired.
- Heat under the broiler for 2-5 minutes, or until you achieve a golden brown color over the toppings.
Keep a close eye on the dish, as it will brown quickly under the broiler!
Cauliflower gratin makes a perfect side dish to any savory entree! I love this recipe for holiday meals especially. This recipe is great resource for those who are looking for creative ways to add non-starchy veggies into your diet. Plus, you get plenty of Vitamin C and protein in each serving!
Don’t forget the best part; when you are making cauliflower gratin at home, you save money! The first cauliflower gratin that I had ever tried was from Trader Joe’s. It came in a pretty standard sized frozen entree package, and was marked for somewhere between $5-6 dollars. I would have to purchase around 4 of those frozen cauliflower gratin packages in order to make as much food as this recipe yields. Making food from scratch at home SAVES MONEY!
HINT: Save yourself some time by preparing the fresh basil pesto ahead of time and freezing it so it is ready to go when needed.
Nutrition Facts per serving: (Yields about 8 servings)
Total fat: 25 g
Saturated fat: 6 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 13 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Sodium: 293 mg
Potassium: 121 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 6 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Sugar: 1 g
Protein: 12 g
Vitamin A: 14% DV
Vitamin C: 62% DV
Calcium: 38% DV
Iron: 5% DV