Garlic Gouda & Parmesan Cauliflower Au Gratin is the perfect side dish for your holiday table but easy enough for any weeknight dinner! Tender cauliflower blanketed in a double cheese sauce and crunchy panko topping!
Tell me. Are you one of those people that savors every moment of each holiday or do you jump the gun and start playing Christmas music two weeks before Thanksgiving and start decking your halls with all things jingle bells?
Just the thought of pulling out my Christmas decor at this moment gives me anxiety. I feel like I can’t even keep my house organized currently. Between attempting to do the dishes, not tripping over the babes play gym and making myself lunch while holding him is enough to make me crack open a bottle of wine at 1 pm.
No judgment right?
My love for the holidays runs deep but I do enjoy celebrating one at a time. Give each one the spotlight as they are fabulous on their own for separate reasons. Because too often I feel like Christmas is the first child that takes over every moment by taking the limelight from the second child. Poor Thanksgiving.
It is rare that a holiday table does not include potatoes, but this cauliflower au gratin rivals its potato counterpart. This version still gives you the gooey, cheesy flavor with a crunchy panko topping but is lightened up with cauliflower.
The cheese sauce is lightened up with almond milk and creamy, full flavored gouda and melted to gooey perfection. That luscious sauce is the perfect blanket over the tender cauliflower.
This dish may seem sinful, but it light, fresh and perfect for that holiday table!
meal prep tip:
make this Parmesan Cauliflower Au Gratin ahead of time by preparing the dish, minus adding the crispy topping and baking, then storing in the fridge until ready to bake.
Prepare topping, then store in a sealed container, then when ready to bake, sprinkle on top of cauliflower, then bake!
this dish reheats wonderfully! Best to place in oven, under broiler, to reheat, to make the topping crispy again.