French Cauliflower gratin dauphinoise

Get the recipe for creamy cauliflower gratin with plenty of cheese that makes a hearty side dish or casserole everyone will love.
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This Recipe includes

Main ingredients:

cauliflower Cauliflower (chopped florets)
bacon Bacon chopped into small pieces, or pancetta.
cheese Grated cheese such as gruyère, emmental, or cheddar.
cheese Mozzarella cheese
cream Heavy cream or crème fraiche

Spices, herbs and flavoring ingredients:

parsley Pinch of dried parsley leaves
nutmeg Grated nutmeg powder
garlic powder Pinch of garlic powder or flakes
onion powder Onion powder for seasoning
salt and pepper Salt and pepper

Why we love it

If you are looking for an alternative to the classic French gratin dauphinois with potato, this cauliflower gratin is just the thing. With lower starch and carbohydrates, substituting potato for cauliflower makes a lot of sense if you are looking for a lighter and healthier meal.

And with all that cheesy goodness, those picky eaters won’t even notice that they are getting all their veggies in.

Cauliflower gratin can be a great main dish or side, not only because of its ease of preparation, but also because it’s a delicious way to use up leftover cauliflower. With a touch of herbs and bacon, the ingredients lead to a dish that’s both filling and delicious.

What to serve with it?

This delicious cheesy cauliflower gratin can be served by itself, but you can also serve it with a light appetizer like tomatoes à la provençale or scallops in pesto.

You can also serve it with any type of roasted beef, pork or chicken dish alongside.


What drinks to serve with it?

For drinks, this cheesy cauliflower gratin can be served with a light white wine from the Loire or the Burgundy.

If you don’t like white wine, try a red wine like Pays d’Oc from Languedoc Roussillon. You can read more about French wines here.


How to store it?

You can prepare this creamy cauliflower casserole in advance, and even keep it overnight in the fridge. Let it cool, and then place in an airtight glass container.

I wouldn’t recommend freezing it however, as the cheese may not do well in the freezer.


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French Cauliflower gratin dauphinoise

Nassie Angadi
Make this cheesy cauliflower gratin quickly in the oven, with this easy recipe that makes a healthy and wonderful dinner.
4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main dishes
Cuisine French
Servings 4
Calories 583 kcal


  • 3 cups of chopped cauliflower florets
  • 2 cups of chopped bacon lardons or pancetta
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheese eg. cheddar, gruyere, emmental, etc.
  • 1/2 cup of chopped mozzarella (approx 125g)
  • 1 cup of heavy cream or crème fraiche


  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of dried parsley
  • pinch of salt and pepper to taste


  • Chop the bacon into small slices and the cauliflower into small florets.
  • Preheat the oven to 360°F (180°C).
  • In a large casserole dish, add the cauliflower and bacon and add the all the spices on top, along with the cream. (Do not add the cheese.)
  • Lightly mix so that the spices cover the cauliflower florets and sausages.
  • Place the casserole in the oven for about 35 minutes.
  • Take the tray carefully out of the oven, and add in the cheese on top.
  • Place the casserole dish back in the oven and cook for another 10 minutes or until the cheese looks melted.
  • Serve while warm.


Serving: 1gCalories: 583kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 24gFat: 51gSaturated Fat: 26gPolyunsaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 146mgSodium: 917mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4g

Please note: We are not certified nutritionists and these estimates are approximate. Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual.

You are ultimately responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health. This website is written and produced for entertainment purposes only.

Keyword bacon, cauliflower florets, cheese, gratin, oven baked
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