Cauliflower casserole or cauliflower gratin (cauliflower and cheese bake) is a great spicy dish for the dinner. It is easy and fast dinner recipe, yet full of flavor. Cauliflower and cheese are best partners, with addition of jalapeno to spice it up!
There are so many cauliflower casserole recipes, this is a best side dish or a appetizer during cold winter months to enjoy.
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Cauliflower and cheese
I used mozzarella, cream cheese and local hard cheese to make this cauliflower dish come together. You can use Parmesan too. This cauliflower casserole is a great way to serve tasty vegetables to your kids! They will likely enjoy these vegetables with cheese.
To make this cauliflower gratin extra cheesy and crunchy, grate some Parmesan or other hard cheese on top, combined with 1 tablespoon bread crumbs. Bake 5 minutes more, or until the top is browned and cheese melted.
Serving cauliflower gratin
I’ve chosen to serve this cauliflower gratin in beautiful individual baking dishes, so you can eat it right from the baking plate. This recipe makes 2 individual cauliflower dishes, but if you don’t have individual baking dishes for everyone, or they don’t fit in your oven at once, don’t worry! To prepare more of this cauliflower casserole recipe for guests, you can use whole cauliflower and make every ingredients x 4 (except for jalapeno, you can use about 1 inch for the bigger dish).
You can serve it in the big making dish at the center or the table, so that everyone can spoon cauliflower and cheese to individual plate. It’s great for healthy vegetarian party, too!
By the way, if you are planning date night at home, this individually served cauliflower casserole is a great start! Keep in mind, you can use this recipe for Valentines day and prepare easy, delicious and comfort dinner for two. Serve this cauliflower casserole for the start and check our no fuss trifle recipe, served in individual glasses for the dessert.
Choose baked cauliflower recipes
To my mind baking process extracts more flavor from cauliflower. As I already mentioned previously in cauliflower soup blog post, there is more nutty flavor, and it is much more delicious when it is lightly browned. Cauliflower is a real superhero of our table! We already made cauliflower breadsticks – super cheesy snack, that is gluten free, and more and more cauliflower recipes. Cauliflower is so versatile and greatly accompanies other vegetables and, to my mind, best enjoyed roasted and with melted cheese.
Cauliflower and cheese is great, but the spices just really finish this comfort dish. As I love to make the dish hotter, I often use cayenne pepper in my recipes. For this cauliflower casserole I used marinated jalapeno peppers without seeds. Marinated jalapeno is great addition to your regular dishes, such as omelette or baked vegetables. However, don’t be generous with this vegetable, even a tiny slice of jalapeno is enough for big plate of food!
By the way, if you want to make this cauliflower cheese bake kids friendly, use Italian seasoning instead of jalapeno pepper. If you don’t have Italian seasoning, you can make it at home. In our Linguine with vegetables and cheese blog post I mentioned how to make Italian seasoning.
So cauliflower casserole or gratin
Actually it could be both, choose the name you like to present this dish to your family or guests. Gratin is always made with cheese, while casserole not always require it. So is it cauliflower gratin or cauliflower and cheese casserole? Which name do you prefer? Leave the comment below, we would like to know your opinion!
- 1/4 cauliflower
- 1 tbsp butter to grease
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 mozzarella
- 3 tbsp cream cheese
- 1 cup hard cheese
- 1/2 bell pepper
- 1/2 onion
- 2 lettuce leaves
- 1/2 inch marinated jalapeno pepper (optional)
- 3 tbsp bread crumbs
- Preheat oven to 350 F / 180C
- Cut cauliflower in small florets.
- Steam cauliflower florets with few tablespoons of water in a pan for about 2 minutes. Remove the excess liquid.
- Add chopped pepper, onion, lettuce leaves and jalapeno, cook 2 minutes more. Remove from heat.
- Stir in cream cheese, hard cheese and bread crumbs. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Transfer the mixture to the two 5,7 inch / 14,5 cm baking dishes.
Bake for about 20 minutes