Dairy Farmers of Canada

Cauliflower au Gratin

This recipe is taken from the 2000 Milk Calendar. The great taste of cauliflower blends well with freshly grated Parmesan and Cheddar cheese. Bell red peppers add just the right colourful touch.

  • Prep: 15 min - 20 min
  • Cooking: 30 min - 35 min
Yields 4 - 6 servings
Cauliflower au Gratin


  • A cauliflower cut in florets (about 6 cups/1.5 L)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 1/4 cups (310 mL) Milk
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) shredded Canadian Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) freshly grated Canadian Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped fresh dill or fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Topping
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh bread crumbs or 2 tbsp (30 mL) fine dried bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) freshly grated Canadian Parmesan cheese
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Preheat oven to 375 °F (190 °C). Lightly butter a 6-cup (1.5 L) baking dish.

In pot of boiling water, cook cauliflower for 5 min or until tender-crisp. Drain well and transfer to baking dish; sprinkle with red pepper.

In nonstick or heavy saucepan, melt butter. Add flour and garlic; cook, stirring, over low heat for 1 min. Pour in milk; bring to simmer, stirring constantly. Simmer, stirring, for 2 to 3 min or until thickened. Add Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses, dill, salt and pepper; cook, stirring, just until cheese melts. Pour over cauliflower.


Mix bread crumbs with Parmesan; sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, for 25 to 30 min or until bubbling.


Healthy Eating Tip: Adding cheese to your dish is a delicious way to bone-up on calcium. Hard cheeses are an excellent source of calcium. 50 g (1 1/2 oz) of Cheddar cheese meets one-third of your daily calcium needs while 50 g (1 1/2 oz) of Parmesan cheese contains nearly two-thirds of your daily calcium requirement.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 174 Calories
Protein: 9 g
Carbohydrate: 12 g
Fat: 10 g
Fibre: 1.8 g
Sodium: 339 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 20 % / 223 mg
Folate: 25 %
Phosphorus: 17 %
Vitamin B12: 17 %
Vitamin C: 100 %