Cauliflower, Romanesco & Broccoli Gratin
From EatingWell: November/December 2013
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.
- 14 cups bite-size florets from 2-3 heads broccoli, cauliflower and/or romanesco
- 2 cups low-fat milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons water
- 3/4 cup shredded extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese
- 3/4 cup shredded Gruyère cheese
- 1/4 cup snipped fresh chives
- 3/4 cup crushed cheese-flavored crackers
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 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°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, Gruyère 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.
Tips & Notes
- 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.
Per serving: 221 calories; 12 g fat (5 g sat, 5 g mono); 20 mg cholesterol; 21 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 9 g protein; 3 g fiber; 427 mg sodium; 311 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (88% daily value), Folate (27% dv), Calcium (23% dv), Vitamin A (19% dv)
Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2
Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 high fat meat
More From EatingWell
If you’re planning a holiday party this year, make...Celebrate the new year with EatingWell’s best healthy recipes!...
Eating a meatless dinner on Thanksgiving opens up a world of...Find inspiration for healthy holiday dining and entertaining...
Oatmeal is an ideal breakfast for cooler months and is arguably...
Try one of these 5-minute, healthy smoothie recipes for a...
Whether you're looking for a quick breakfast or a refreshing...
Eating too many added sugars may be taking a toll on our...
Indulge in something sweet with our delicious vegan dessert...
Black bean soup and black bean chili are delicious,...
Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, healthy wrap recipes...
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option for dinner,...
Pull out your crock pot and make a delicious and hearty slow-...
Packed with iron, dietary fiber and thiamine, oats are a...
If you’re trying to cut back on carbs or are following a low-...
Apple pie is a favorite fall dessert and pumpkin pie is an...
- Ease of Preparation
- Total Time
- 1 hour or less
- Type of Dish
- Side dish, vegetable
- 8 or more
- Main Ingredient
- Vegetarian, other
- November/December 2013