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.



  • 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 …



  • 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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