Buffalo Cauliflower au Gratin

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Cauliflower au Gratin

This Cauliflower au Gratin is the perfect side dish for when you are looking for something new and different! You don’t have to add the hot sauce to it ( but I really love it!) and you can just make a simple cauliflower and cheese sauce au gratin for your dinner.

How to Make Cauliflower au Gratin

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Grease a 9×9-inch baking dish, pie dish etc.
  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat then add flour; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture just starts to brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Gradually pour milk into mixture, whisking into a smooth sauce. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of strong, old Cheddar cheese until melted, add in hot sauce and stir (you might want to add more hot sauce to taste)
  • Place steamed cauliflower in the prepared baking dish; pour cheese sauce over cauliflower. Sprinkle with remaining Cheddar cheese and Panko crumbs.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until cheese and Panko crumbs are melted and browned, about 25 minutes.

What they say about buffalo hot sauce is completely true. I DO put that $%&! on everything. I make Buffalo Hot Wing Tacos. Which are freaking fantastic. I make the best, and I do mean THE BEST Buffalo Hot Sauce, Bacon & Jalapeno Mac n’ Cheese. I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t mean it. This stuff is amazing. Make it. Now. However I wanted to male something else, Something a little bit healthier (not much, let’s be honest, any cheese sauce isn’t the lowest in calories) that uses up one of my favorite vegetables, cauliflower.

Buffalo Cauliflower au Gratin!Close up of Buffalo Cauliflower au Gratin piece in a Fork

Ooooh. This makes me want to be in my kitchen at home again. We have a lovely little kitchen here in Paris right now, but it’s not the same. I need my stuff man. If you are looking for a hot side dish for your summer BBQ, I highly suggest this one. It’s lighter than potatoes and the hot flavor of the buffalo sauce is perfect to go along with your burgers.

Top down shot of Buffalo Cauliflower au Gratin in a white bowl with fork in it

Who else is excited that BBQ Season is here? Summer! Gardens! Fresh food from the market! Oh, I am excited to get home to my garden!

Love you more than buffalo sauce!

Karlynn

 

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Delicious, creamy and slightly spicy cauliflower au gratin. The cheese and hot sauce combo makes you forget that you're eating your vegetables!

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Buffalo Cauliflower au Gratin

Delicious, creamy and slightly spicy cauliflower au gratin. The cheese and hot sauce combo makes you forget that you're eating your vegetables!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Course
Side Dish
Cuisine
American
Servings
6
Calories
265
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower cut into florets steamed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup of shredded old strong Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup Panko crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Cheese to top

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9x9-inch baking dish, pie dish etc.
  3. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat then add flour; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture just starts to brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Gradually pour milk into mixture, whisking into a smooth sauce. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of strong, old Cheddar cheese until melted, add in hot sauce and stir (you might want to add more hot sauce to taste)
  5. Place steamed cauliflower in the prepared baking dish; pour cheese sauce over cauliflower. Sprinkle with remaining Cheddar cheese and Panko crumbs.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese and Panko crumbs are melted and browned, about 25 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 265kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 53mg, Sodium: 400mg, Potassium: 411mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 560IU, Vitamin C: 47.4mg, Calcium: 350mg, Iron: 1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Mary P Hoffman says

    I can’t wait to try it. I love cauliflower and hot sauce.

  2. Dar Brewster says

    Cauliflower is $8 a head here in Ottawa !!!

  3. Tanya says

    This recipe is amazing! We used Italian seasoned bread crumbs instead, and it turned out great!

    5 stars

  4. Amber Alexander says

    Oooohhhh this looks amazing!!! Dayna!!!!

  5. Jody W says

    This looks yummy, think a somewhat picky eater would eat it?

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      Jody W I would make it without the hot sauce and see perhaps? My kids have ALWAYS loved a good cheese sauce..but I’m not sure about the hot sauce. It’s not spicy..just flavorful.

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