Cauliflower and Ham Gratin

Cauliflower and Ham Gratin Recipe
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe from

Real Simple

Nutritional Information

Calories 593
Caloriesfromfat 74 %
Fat 49 g
Satfat 29 g
Cholesterol 182 mg
Sodium 1064 mg
Carbohydrate 17 g
Fiber 49 g
Sugars 6 g
Protein 23 g


2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium onion, sliced
8 ounces ham steak, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
Kosher salt and pepper
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
3 tablespoons bread crumbs
8 sprigs thyme


Heat oven to 400° F.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until softened and light golden brown, about 6 minutes. Add the ham and cook, 2 minutes. Add the cream, milk, cheese, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until thickened, about 4 minutes. Add the cauliflower. Transfer to a 2-quart casserole dish and sprinkle with the bread crumbs and thyme. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until the cauliflower is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest at least 5 minutes before serving.

Tip: Make this a vegetarian side dish by skipping the ham.