We’ve got some amazing local cauliflower varieties coming in from Fry Farm over the next couple weeks, so we wanted to share the stellar Cauliflower Gratin recipe with y’all! This recipe is adapted from the cookbook Nothing Fancy by Alison Roman. You can find the full recipe for Creamy Cauliflower and Onion Gratin with Sesame Breadcrumbs here.

This dish is hearty, delicious and makes a great vegetarian main dish. It’s easy enough to whip together on a weeknight, but special enough to make for company. Enjoy with a refreshing salad or sautéed winter greens for a balanced meal. Check out our Greens selection for some ideas.

cauliflower gratin recipe utilizing local cauliflower from your Fresh Harvest basket.

Cauliflower Gratin

adapted from Nothing Fancy by Alison Roman

Prep/active time: 1 hour


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • Salt & black pepper
  • 2½–3-pound cauliflower, leafy green parts removed
  • ½ small sweet or yellow onion, very thinly sliced
  • 2 cups white cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Bring cream, butter and garlic to a simmer in a small pot over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.
  3. Slice the cauliflower into ½-inch-thick slabs (some of the bits will fall away and crumble into tiny florets; this is fine).
  4. Place one third of the cauliflower slabs in the bottom of a 9-in cake pan (or another 2 qt baking dish), starting with the smaller more crumbly bits. Top with 1/3 of the sliced onion and 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat two more times to create three layers, making sure to finish with cheese.
  5. Pour the cream-butter-garlic mixture over the cauliflower layers.
  6. Cover with aluminum foil and bake until cauliflower can be easily pierced with a fork, about 25-30 minutes.
  7. Uncover, then bake until top is golden and bubbly, about 15 minutes. (The mixture may look a bit runny when you remove it from the oven, but will firm up a bit after it sits at room temperature for a few minutes.)
  8. Let cool slightly, then eat up!


  • Use this recipe as a guide.
  • Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary.
  • Taste test as you go.
  • Have fun in the kitchen!

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