This cauliflower-and-broccoli gratin is healthier than traditional gratins thanks to a sauce made with low-fat milk and just enough full-flavored cheese to keep it rich without extra saturated fat and calories. For a healthier cheese-crust topping, opt for cheese crackers made without partially hydrogenated oils.

Bill Scepansky
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2013


Recipe Summary

1 hr


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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add florets and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute. Drain in a colander and immediately rinse with cold water until cool. Drain well. Spread on a baking sheet or kitchen towel and pat with a clean towel to soak up any excess water.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch (or similar-size shallow ovenproof dish) with cooking spray.

  • Combine milk, mustard, garlic powder and salt in the large pot; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl; whisk into the simmering milk. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, whisking. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, whisking, for 2 minutes. Add Cheddar, Gruyere and chives; whisk until smooth. Remove from heat.

  • Add the florets to the pot and gently stir to coat with the cheese sauce. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Combine crackers and oil in a small bowl and sprinkle over the vegetables.

  • Bake until the cheese sauce is bubbling and the florets are starting to brown on top, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve warm.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 1, cover and refrigerate florets for up to 1 day. Proceed with Steps 2-5 about 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts

218 calories; protein 9.5g 19% DV; carbohydrates 21.4g 7% DV; dietary fiber 3.1g 13% DV; sugars 4.7g; fat 11g 17% DV; saturated fat 4.2g 21% DV; cholesterol 17.3mg 6% DV; vitamin a iu 938.5IU 19% DV; vitamin c 52.5mg 88% DV; folate 126.5mcg 32% DV; calcium 222.5mg 22% DV; iron 1.6mg 9% DV; magnesium 28.5mg 10% DV; potassium 311.3mg 9% DV; sodium 449.2mg 18% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 18% DV.

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Yum!!! Great side dish for holiday meals This was SO good! I added a bit more cheese (probably about 1/4 cup more). I also didn't have chives so I used fresh dill & in place of the crackers I used breadcrumbs. It was a really good recipe! I would totally recommend this. Pros: Easy simple ingredients & delicious! Read More