This vegetarian cauliflower casserole with gluten free Bechamel is the best! This easy and simple side dish is deliciously creamy and cheesy.
This baked side dish is healthy and comforting.
Once again, here is a revised version of a very traditional French dish. This version with gluten-free and vegan Bechamel, not only adapts to food intolerances but it is also much lighter than the original one which uses butter and milk.
- cauliflower. You can either use fresh or frozen cauliflower. Personnaly, I like to use frozen cauliflower as it will already be cut into florets. It saves time and makes it easier to make a smaller batch (you just take the amount of cauliflower florets you need out of the freezer and that's it).
- Bechamel sauce. It is a French white medium-thick sauce. It is usually made with butter and wheat flour. Although here, I'm using a gluten free, dairy free version of it. You can find the recipe here. This sauce is used a lot in France to make all kinds of casserole or, as we call them "gratin". This sauce makes it much easier for kids to eat vegetables.
- grated cheese of your choice. This recipe is usually made with gruyere cheese. But as I can't have cow dairy I'm using sheep cheese (a French cheese called Ossau-Iraty). You can also use cheddar, emmental or whatever you prefer.
- garlic clove
- salt and pepper to taste
How to make this
Cut head cauliflower into florets, rince them and cook them for 5 minutes (7 minutes if you are using frozen cauliflower straight out of the freezer) in a large pot of boiling salted water.
Then transfer cauliflower to a baking dish.
Then add minced garlic to the Bechamel sauce and pour the Bechamel sauce over the cauliflower. Add salt and pepper to taste (but do not forget that the Bechamel sauce is already seasoned).
Afterwards, add half the grated cheese to the cauliflower and mix well. Then add the other half of grated cheese all over the cauliflower. (That's to avoid having all the cheese on top and nothing on the bottom). Finally, bake for about 30 minutes and voilà! Serve the cauliflower casserole warm.