White House Cauliflower Gratin Recipe
- Cooking spray
- 1 large head cauliflower (about 3 pounds)
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg
- 2 cups shredded Gruyère cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs) or coarsely ground fresh bread crumbs
Preheat the oven to 350°. Spray a 1-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
Trim the cauliflower and cut into florets.
Steam the cauliflower in a large pot with a little water over medium-low heat until tender. Remove the cauliflower from the pot to a towel to remove excess moisture.
Heat the butter in a medium (2-quart) saucepan over medium heat. When the butter has melted, whisk in the flour. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
Add the milk, whisking constantly to make sure there are no lumps.
Cook another 3 to 4 minutes, allowing the sauce to thicken. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and add the nutmeg.
Put the cauliflower into the prepared pan. Top with half of the cheese. Pour the white sauce (béchamel) over the cheese. Top with the remaining cheese and the bread crumbs.
Bake uncovered for 20 to 30 minutes until golden and bubbly.