Tuesday, March 1, 2011

M: Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower Gratin

How was your Monday? Mine ended on a very good note. Since the hubs worked extra late I put my favorite movie on (my most favorite book as well, Eat Pray Love) and relaxed with my pups. Secretly I was also super lazy because I could barely move I was so sore from Sunday’s yoga session.

So, another secret, I also have historically not been a huge fan of brussels sprouts. I know, it’s a travesty. There are a lot of people, including my husband, who chastise me for this fact…or more just make fun of me =) I mean, really, I love almost any veggie you put in front of my face, what’s the big deal about brussels sprouts?


BUT, can I please now say I am officially a brussels sprouts fan? Oh yes, yes I am…All because of this recipe. It is SO good. I could eat them all day in this dish. The creamy b├ęchamel-like sauce that is tossed with the veggies along with the crispy panko topping? DELICIOUS! I definitely plan to do this using broccoli next time.

Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower Gratin

from Cooking Light

4 cups cauliflower florets (about 1 lb.)

4 cups trimmed brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered (about 1 3/4 lb.)

1/4 cup AP flour

1 1/2 cups 1% milk

2/3 cup half and half

3/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/8 tsp. nutmeg

4 slices center cut bacon, chopped

2 cups sweet onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/4 cup panko

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Cook cauliflower and brussels sprouts in boiling water for about 2 minutes. Drain.

Combine flour, milk, half and half, salt, pepper, and nutmeg into a bowl and whisk together until well combined.


Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until it begins to brown, stirring occasionally. Add onion and garlic. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in milk mixture. Bring to a simmer. Cook 5 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly (mine thickened pretty quickly).


Remove from heat. Stir in your veggies. Spoon into an 11 x 7 inch broiler safe dish coated with cooking spray.


Cover with foil and bake for about 20 minutes. Remove from oven. Preheat broiler to high. Remove foil from dish. Combine cheese and panko. Sprinkle over vegetable mixture. Broil 4 minutes or until browned.



P.S. Marley


Anonymous said...

That looks yummy! Bacon makes pretty much anything better! =D

Anonymous said...

This looks so tasty!

Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said...

Ohh, I saw this recipe and thought it looked divine! I'm glad you tried it!

Bridget said...

Mmmm I love Brussels, Cauliflower, and Gratin's! So this sounds fantastic!! I think I have cauliflower at home too, hmmm I think I'll be making this one soon :)

Kitchen Belleicious said...

Hey girl! Love this dish. Looks incredible. I was one of the few kids who grew up loving my brussel sprouts but I can't say the same for my husband. Might have to make these one night when he is traveling! New to your blog. its fantastic and will be by often. Have a fabulous day!XO

erica said...

My mum just told me about Cauliflower Gratin and I am thinking I need to give your version a try now. Sounds delicious!


Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

Pretty sure I could get my boyfriend to eat brussels with this recipe, it looks amazing!

fittingbackin said...

I have yet to try brussel sprouts - but you make them look good!

Renee Paj said...

oh my...I am sooo making this! its hard to find good recipes that jazz up veggies, I think! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

This looks awesome! I was looking for a way to eat more brussel sprouts. I tried making them on their own and I thought they were gross!

Laural (bhealthier) said...

omg, i hated brussel sprouts too-well until last year. all of a sudden, everyone started making them in creative ways and my taste buds apparently changed!

I haven't seen this recipe or anything like it yet- how creative! bacon adds so much wonderful flavor!

Annie said...

put anything in a gratin and i'll eat it!

i have yet to see the movie but i must soon!

thehealthyapron said...

Oh man, I have tried brussel sprouts several times and couldn't get in to them...just so bitter! If you liked them in this dish though, perhaps I will have to give it a go!

Liz Bridges said...

I never ate brussels sprouts until I was 33 years old! Can you believe that? I thought I would hate them, but i love them! I still can't get the guts to try beets again. I hated them as a child and am too chicken to try them now!

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons said...

oooh thanks for the reminder! I havent had brussels sprouts in months! so overude! and this recipe is for sure the way i'm going to eat them once I pick a few up! <3

Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Simply Life said...

mmmm this looks like a fun way to eat brussel sprouts!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said...

Glad you're on the brussel sprouts bandwagon! I can't get enough of the stuff :)

The crunchy panko and creamy sauce sound delicious with this veggie mix.

Pound said...

we try to eat brussel sprouts every once and a while, this will be a nice change to roasting them.

Peabody said...

This looks like a great way to get your veggies in.

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