Cauliflower Gratin with Manchego and Almond Sauce Recipe

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Henderika Van Vuure Modified: March 21, 2022
Cauliflower Gratin with Manchego and Almond Sauce Recipe

How To Make Cauliflower Gratin with Manchego and Almond Sauce

This cauliflower gratin has a rich and nutty taste, thanks to a delicious sauce made up of manchego cheese and whole roasted almonds.

Preparation: 35 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Total: 1 hour



  • ¾cuphalf and half
  • ½cupwhole almonds,roasted with skin
  • 4tbspunsalted butter
  • 2tbspall purpose flour
  • 1cupwhole milk
  • ¾cupmanchego,(3½ oz), plus 2 tbsp, finely shredded
  • pinchnutmeg,freshly grated
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2lbscauliflower head
  • 1medium onion
  • ¼tsppimenton de la vera,(smoked spanish paprika)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. In a small saucepan, heat the half-and-half until steaming, then transfer it to a food processor or blender. Add the half a cup of whole almonds and process until finely ground.

  3. Let stand for 10 minutes.

  4. Strain the half-and-half through a fine sieve set over a bowl, pressing on the almonds to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the ground almonds.

  5. In a medium saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the flour and whisk over moderately high heat for 1 minute

  6. Add the milk and the half-and-half and cook for about 5 minutes, whisking constantly, until thickened. Remove from the heat.

  7. Add ¾ cup of the Manchego and whisk until melted. Whisk in the nutmeg; season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.

  8. In a large skillet, bring half an inch of salted water to a boil. Add the cauliflower, cover and cook for about 4 minutes over high heat until crisp-tender. Drain the cauliflower in a colander.

  9. Wipe out the skillet. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in the skillet.

  10. Add the onion and cook over moderately high heat for about 5 minutes, stirring until lightly browned. Add the cauliflower and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring until lightly golden. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

  11. Transfer the cauliflower to a 7×10-inch glass or ceramic baking dish and spread the Manchego sauce on top.

  12. Sprinkle the gratin with the remaining cheese, the 2 tablespoons of chopped almonds and the paprika.

  13. Bake in the center of the oven for 20 minutes, or until bubbling and browned on top.

  14. Let stand for 10 minutes.

  15. Serve and enjoy!


  • Calories: 319.55kcal
  • Fat: 23.88g
  • Saturated Fat: 11.60g
  • Trans Fat: 0.31g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 8.56g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.19g
  • Carbohydrates: 18.40g
  • Fiber: 5.14g
  • Sugar: 8.33g
  • Protein: 11.79g
  • Cholesterol: 52.94mg
  • Sodium: 655.49mg
  • Calcium: 266.31mg
  • Potassium: 692.09mg
  • Iron: 1.45mg
  • Vitamin A: 125.95µg
  • Vitamin C: 74.51mg
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