30 min   4 portions   difficulty

Cauliflower and bacon gratin


Step 1

Cut the cauliflower into small evenly-sized florets. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and drop in the cauliflower florets. Boil for +/- 15 minutes. Strain after cooking.

Step 2

For the béchamel sauce: Melt the butter in a pan over a low heat. Add the flour and mix to a smooth paste. Add the milk and stir well. Leave to thicken on a low heat for +/- 10 minutes. Continue to stir throughout. Season, remove from the heat and add 1 egg yolk. Stir it in, and add 50 g of grated cheese. Mix until the cheese has melted into the sauce. Cut the bacon into strips and add to the béchamel.

Step 3

For the gratin: Spread the cauliflower florets evenly in a gratin dish. Cover the cauliflower with the béchamel. Scatter the rest of the grated cheese and some little knobs of butter over the top. Bake for 5 minutes under a preheated grill until the surface of the dish is golden and bubbling.


  • 1 kg of cauliflower
  • 50 g of butter
  • 30 g of flour
  • 500 ml of milk
  • 100 g of grated gruyere or emmental
  • salt, pepper, grated nutmeg
  • 8 rashers of bacon

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