Skillet Cauliflower Gratin


Nonfat milk and a bit of sharp Cheddar combine to make a rich sauce without all the butter usually found in gratins.

Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings, about 1 cup each


  • 4 cups 1-inch cauliflower florets (about 1/2 large head)

  • 1 ½ cups nonfat milk, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup dry breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat

  • ¾ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided

  • ½ teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper


  1. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.

  2. Bring cauliflower, 1 1/4 cups milk and salt to a boil in a large broiler-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until the cauliflower is tender, about 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, combine breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup cheese and oil in a small bowl. Whisk flour and the remaining 1/4 cup milk in another small bowl until smooth; stir the mixture into the pan and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup cheese, chives, mustard and pepper. Sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture. Broil until the top is crispy and beginning to brown, 1 to 2 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

183 Calories
8g Fat
17g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 1 cup
Calories 183
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 11g 22%
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Vitamin A 257IU 5%
Vitamin C 22mg 24%
Folate 48mcg 12%
Sodium 362mg 16%
Calcium 267mg 21%
Iron 1mg 3%
Magnesium 24mg 6%
Potassium 298mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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