Surprising ham, chard and cauliflower gratin

Surprising ham, chard and cauliflower gratin

How to cook cauliflower! In order to change of the traditional cauliflower soup or roasted cauliflower, you can also make a great cauliflower gratin, quick-and-easy to prepare. Also perfect for children or lovers who wouldn’t eat this kind of vegetable except under pressure or deep hunger, because the vegetables are mashed.

 

I like it because:

  • The taste of cauliflower mixed with the ham and cream is softer.
  • The colour scheme, green chard, pink ham and light yellow cheese, makes the gratin look like a sweet cake.
Surprising ham, chard and cauliflower gratin

Surprising ham, chard and cauliflower gratin

  • You can eat the gratin with a salad or as a side dish for a meat.

 

Tricks:

  • The crushed vegetables tend to make the gratin a bit liquid so it is better to use heavy cream for the mix. Also try to cook the gratin one day before so that it can spend a night in the fridge.
  • Use a tasty grated cheese to increase the flavour of the gratin: comté, cheddar …

 


INGREDIENTS FOR A 25 CM DISH:

  • 1 entire cauliflower
  • 1 1/2 US cup (100g) chards, leaves and central part
  • 1 vegetable or spices cube broth
  • 4 slices of ham
  • 3/4 US cup (200ml) heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 US cup (150g) grated cheese (emmental, comté, cheddar …)
  • 1 tbsp grainy mustard
  • Pepper, salt, cilantro and any other seasoning you usually use.

 

 

Surprising ham, chard and cauliflower gratin recipe

  • Heat a large pot of water.
  • At the same time cut and clean the cauliflower and the chards.
  • When the water boils, throw the vegetables and broth cube in the pot and simmer for about 15 minutes without covering the pot. During this time pre-heat the oven to 180º and cut the ham into small pieces.
  • Drain the vegetables, put them into a large bowl and mix them with a mixer.
  •  Add 9/10 of the cream, 3/4 of the cheese, the ham, mustard and seasoning to the mixture, and mix well with a large spoon.
  • Pour the mixture into the gratin dish, cover with the remaining cheese and cream, and bake 15 minutes in the oven, plus 5 minutes under the grill.

Serve it very hot.

Bon appétit!

Surprising ham, chard and cauliflower gratin

Surprising ham, chard and cauliflower gratin

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