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Cheesy Spiced Cauliflower Gratin

When it comes to kids and vegetables, there really is no magic trick to ensure that the two will always get along. That being said, adding cheese to a veggie dish is almost always a good start.

I can’t make any promises, which I’m sure any readers who feed kids will understand, but I will say this: All of my kids eat this Cheesy Spiced Cauliflower Gratin every time I make it!

We all have different tastes. The key is finding how our children like their vegetables prepared or served. The acceptance of a vegetable is so often dependent on the way it is served and especially, I find, how it looks. There are so many different ways to prepare vegetables and often what it takes is to serve it in an unexpected way.

Set the steamed cauliflower aside, and try this Cheesy Spiced Cauliflower Gratin on your kids instead.

Cheesy Spiced Cauliflower Gratin not just a recipe for kids though. Both the texture and flavor are mild, which helps make it more appealing to young kids, but with Gruyere, Parmesan, and a hint of Dijon mustard, it is sophisticated enough to add to your adult dinner menu too.

This Cauliflower Gratin is so easy to prepare and makes a quick, no fuss side dish. I will also admit to eating it for lunch from time to time – it is a good dose of veggies after all!

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Cheesy Spiced Cauliflower Gratin

Cheesy Spiced Cauliflower Gratin

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

When it comes to kids and vegetables, there really is no magic trick to ensure that the two will always get along. That being said, adding cheese to a veggie dish is almost always a good start.


  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2/3 cup freshly grated Gruyere Cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil. Add the cauliflower florets and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Add the flour and stir constantly for about a minute until mixture thickens. Whisk in milk and bring to a boil. Whisk constantly until thick, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in cinnamon, Dijon, and Gruyere. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. In a medium baking dish, combine the cooked cauliflower and sauce. Top with the Parmesan and Bread Crumbs and the remaining tablespoon of butter melted.
  5. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until it is golden brown and bubbling. Serve warm.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 429Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 79mgSodium 766mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 6gSugar 5gProtein 21g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Saturday 19th of March 2016


Is that fresh bread crumbs or dried bread crumbs.

Katie Goodman

Tuesday 22nd of March 2016

Dried breadcrumbs, or fresh that have been toasted would both work


Monday 20th of January 2014

We currently live overseas, in Ireland, where winter veggies like cauliflower are really common. We were able to convince our kids to eat cauliflower by telling them that it's broccoli's cousin. ;) I use it in stir fries, steamed, in gratins, or most commonly - oven roasted. Here are two recipes that my kids (ages 1, 3, and 5) love. Cauliflower + raisins + breadcrumbs! I leave off the parsley. - this is great with fried rice or stir fried noodles.

Tina Muir

Sunday 19th of January 2014

In England we call this Cauliflower cheese, and it brings many warm memories to my heart! This looks like a great one! I would love to try it! Cauliflower is wonderful for you! I try to enjoy it as much as possible!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

Thursday 16th of January 2014

This looks great! I love cauliflower.

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