Loaded Cauliflower Casserole


The main thing that makes this Loaded Cauliflower Casserole loaded? A huge handful of fontina cheese in the creamy casserole sauce. Don't forget to top this cauliflower bake with a sprinkle of bread crumbs for even more craving-busting power.

Cauliflower-Fontina Gratin
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
25 mins
Stand Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins


  • 6 cup cauliflower florets (2 small heads)

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 cup half-and-half, light cream, or milk

  • ½ cup milk

  • ¾ cup shredded Fontina cheese (3 ounces)

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • cup soft bread crumbs

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • Snipped fresh thyme (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a 2-quart square baking dish; set aside. In a Dutch oven cook cauliflower in boiling lightly salted water about 5 minutes or just until tender; drain. Transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop cooking. Drain again; set aside.

  2. For sauce, in a medium saucepan melt butter over medium-low heat. Stir in flour. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir in half-and-half and 1/2 cup milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese, the 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, salt, and pepper.

  3. Spread about 1 cup of the sauce in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Add cauliflower. Top with the remaining sauce.

  4. Sprinkle gratin with bread crumbs; drizzle with oil. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until light brown and bubbly. If desired, sprinkle with additional fresh thyme.


Prepare as directed through Step 3. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours. To serve, let gratin stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Continue as directed in Step 4.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

167 Calories
13g Fat
8g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 167
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 234mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 23.6mg 118%
Calcium 111.1mg 9%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 232mg 5%
Folate, total 40.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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