Cauliflower & Gruyere Bakes

"A recipe found in an old Australian Good Taste magazine. You can use Jarsburg cheese if gruyere is not available. Frozen cauliflower works well for this recipe too. You can use a white onion in place of the leek if they are not available,Use a blended gluten-free flour and crumbs (or leave off the crumbs all-together) to make this gluten-free suitable."
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  • 12 cauliflower, cut into florets (about 1/2 kilo or just over a pound)
  • 1 leek, pale section only, thinly sliced, washed, dried
  • 100 g gruyere, coarsely grated
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour or 1 tablespoon all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 250 ml milk
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 12 tablespoons dried breadcrumbs (packaged, use gluten-free if required)


  • Preheat oven to 200°C
  • Cook cauliflower in a large pot o boiling salted water, until tender - about 5 minutes. Add the leek 1 minute before the end of cooking. Drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, combine the gruyere and flour in a small saucepan. Gradually stir in the milk. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly.
  • Spoon the cauliflower and leek mixture among four 250ml (1 cup) capacity ovenproof dishes or you can use one larger baking dish. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over the gruyere sauce and sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
  • Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown.

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  1. Dr. Jenny
    This dish had nice flavor and I really liked the combination of cauliflower and gruyere. Like another reviewer, I had difficulty with the sauce being pretty thin and I did not think to use the ramekins like she did. I, too, think panko might have been better than the breadcrumbs I used. I subbed the white onion for the leek as I did not have a leek on hand. I also thought it needed quite a bit of salt to taste. I served as a side to Recipe #457815 457815. Made for ZWT7
  2. sofie-a-toast
    What a great side! I used a guyere/white cheddar blend from Trader Joe's that just might be my new favorite cheese. My only problem was that the sauce never quite thickened so I had to serve it in little ramikens to stop the sauce from running all over our dinner plates! I'll just reduce the liquid a bit next time. Made for ZWT7
  3. IngridH
    I really enjoy this kind of dish. A rich, creamy, cheesy sauce coating one of my favorite vegetables. Gruyere is a perfect cheese for this, with a nice bite and good melting quality. I added a bit of nutmeg with the salt and pepper, I think it really adds something to this type of sauce. This time, I used regular bread crumbs, which didn't brown terribly well, I think next time I'll use panko instead. Made for ZWT7- Emerald City Shakers
  4. Rita1652
    Rich and Tasty! I had leftover Recipe #455474 and that is what I used for the milk. Added some parsley and lots of black pepper. I topped with panko. Made double the amount saving one to be baked on Fathers Day. Thanks. Made for ZWT 2011
  5. Sharon123
    Yum! I used rice milk and halved the recipe, and ate the whole thing! Very much enjoyed, thank you! Made for ZWT Switzerland-2011.


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