Happy Holidays! I hope everyone had nice meals, presents and what-not. We did. On Christmas we had Beef Wellingtons — thank you cow, again, you were delicious!, this awesome cauliflower gratin and some braised brussels sprouts. Our snow is almost melted now, which is good as I really need to go to work Monday!
Okay, so the cauliflower recipe is based on one by Bobby Flay, but I changed some stuff. Also, our head of cauliflower was on the small side. Adjust amounts as needed for your amount of cauliflower.
Cauliflower Goat Cheese Gratin
Adapted from Bobby Flay
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 clove garlic, peeled, cut in half
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, coarsely grated
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
2 green onion, chopped
3 ounces goat cheese, cut into small pieces
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Add the cream to a small pot with the garlic and bring to a simmer. Turn off heat and let the cream infuse and cool for about 15 minutes.
Toss the cauliflower, Monterey Jack, parmesan, green onion and lemon zest in a shallow casserole dish. Season with salt and pepper. Strain the cream over the cauliflower and top with the pieces of goat cheese. Add another grind or two of pepper to the top.
Roast for 20 to 30 minutes or until the cauliflower is soft and the sauce has thickened slightly and become golden around the edges. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Assorted Christmas Dinner Images — (Beef Wellington recipe here)
Dinner wine, a Christmas gift from jwa’s parents
Beef Wellington with a “pastry bot” on top
Pastry bot must be eaten!