Cauliflower Cheddar and Rice Gratin

A warm and comforting cauliflower cheddar and rice gratin to share with your family this Thanksgiving. 

Are you in charge of bringing a vegetable to Thanksgiving? Nothing beats this cauliflower cheddar and rice gratin! Your family will LOVE this side dish. | Hungry by Nature

… or a BGB Friendsgiving!

Today I am teaming up with a bunch of my friends to bring you the ULTIMATE Friendsgiving! We have everything from a butternut squash and kale salad to goat cheese mashed potatoes (OMG!!) to pumpkin cheesecake. Yuuuuuuup, we’ve got it all!

Cauliflower: the perfect vehicle to carry your Thanksgiving side dish (oh and it's covered in cheese!) - Cauliflower Cheddar and Rice Gratin. | hungrybynature.com

The main ingredient in this gratin is cauliflower, which I love. Sure, it’s not super flavorful on its own but it is a great substitute for rice. And because it is not super flavorful, it’s a great vegetable that you can use to carry other flavors. And when I say ‘other flavors’, I mean cheese. Lots of cheddar cheese.

You get it.

The only way to eat vegetables is covered in cheese, right?! Make this Cauliflower Cheddar and Rice Gratin for Thanksgiving. | hungrybynature.com
Are you in charge of bringing a vegetable to Thanksgiving? Nothing beats this cauliflower cheddar and rice gratin! Your family will LOVE this side dish. | Hungry by Nature
I don’t mean to hate on Halloween; but I am always psyched when November 1st rolls around. Thanksgiving has always been at the top of my list for favorite holidays. I come from a big family – my mom is one of 10 and I am one of 30 cousins; and Thanksgiving is the one holiday where that side of my family gets together. Plus it’s a holiday that’s centered around a meal, so you KNOW that I’m in.

Cauliflower: the perfect vehicle to carry your Thanksgiving side dish (oh and it's covered in cheese!) - Cauliflower Cheddar and Rice Gratin. | hungrybynature.com

Alright, let’s dig in to this cauliflower cheddar and rice gratin. To be honest, this turned out even better than I had hoped! It is warm and comforting, just the way Thanksgiving recipes should be. Oh and it’s also covered in a creamy cheddar cheese sauce that is LIFE CHANGING.

The sauce is made with a very specific cheddar cheese – Trader Joe’s Unexpected Cheddar. (But you could totally make this with any cheddar cheese.) This is an aged white cheddar with hints of parmesan. And you know how parm kind of breaks apart because of the crystal-like structure? Yea, this does that too.

Go buy it. (Not an ad… I just really, really love that cheese.)

The only way to eat vegetables is covered in cheese, right?! Make this Cauliflower Cheddar and Rice Gratin for Thanksgiving. | hungrybynature.com

Make sure you check out all the BGB Friendsgiving posts below, or search the hashtag #bgbfriendsgiving on social media for all the drool-worthy recipes.

Cauliflower: the perfect vehicle to carry your Thanksgiving side dish (oh and it's covered in cheese!) - Cauliflower Cheddar and Rice Gratin. | hungrybynature.com

Do you celebrate Friendsgiving? Tell me what you’re making in the comments below!

If you make this Cauliflower Cheddar and Rice Gratin, don’t forget to post a picture on social media and use the hashtag #imhungrybynature for a chance to be featured!

Facebook | Instagram | Bloglovin’ | Pinterest

Cauliflower Cheddar and Rice Gratin
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Recipe type: Side, Vegetable
Serves: 6 as a side
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup rice blend
  • 1 small head of cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 1 garlic glove, pressed
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ cup low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cook rice according to package instructions.
  3. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Add cauliflower and cook for 2-3 minutes, drain.
  4. In the same pan, melt butter over medium heat. Once melted, add cayenne and garlic, cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add flour and whisk to combine, cook the butter and flour mixture for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Slowing drizzle in milk, whisking the whole time. Then add broth. Bring to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, whisking constantly, about 7 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in half of the cheese until melted. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Butter or spray a 2 quart baking dish. Combine rice and cauliflower in baking dish. Pour cheese mixture over the top, making sure everything is coated. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes until the sauce is bubbly.

Maybe I should have added more cheese…

Are you in charge of bringing a vegetable to Thanksgiving? Nothing beats this cauliflower cheddar and rice gratin! Your family will LOVE this side dish. | Hungry by Nature

Are you in charge of bringing a vegetable to Thanksgiving? Nothing beats this cauliflower cheddar and rice gratin! Your family will LOVE this side dish. | Hungry by Nature

Share:

35 thoughts on “Cauliflower Cheddar and Rice Gratin

    1. Ellie Post author

      And that seriously is what it feels like! Thanksgiving is all about comfort to me and I couldn’t help but add a little extra cheese 😉 I hope your girlfriends love it!!

      Reply
    1. Ellie Post author

      Yes Jess!! And thanks so much for hosting this virtual friendsgiving – I cannot wait for our next one!

      Reply
  1. Kaila

    OMG yum. This is so amazing. I definitely want to make this for the REAL Thanksgiving this year!!! Wow it looks creamy, cheesy, and good. YUMMMM!

    Reply
    1. Ellie Post author

      It is ALL of those things! Maybe not the healthiest, but not too bad either – especially in moderation!

      Reply
  2. Kelly @ Eat the Gains

    This sounds amazing Ellie! I think I’m going to try it out soon! I’m a sucker for anything cauliflower. I can’t believe your family is so big too! I have like a total of 3 cousins haha!! And your photography looks amazing! I want to dive into that pan. Happy Friendsgiving friend!

    Reply
    1. Ellie Post author

      Thanks Kelly! And only 3 cousins?! I cannot even imagine that… for me, that was dinner every night growing up 😉 I hope you love this!!

      Reply
  3. Corrine

    Oh yum! We’ve been loving cauliflower lately and this looks amazing! Totally the same when it comes to the beginning of November. I think Thanksgiving might be my favorite holiday.

    Reply
  4. Miss Polkadot

    Okay, I’m not lying when I say my mouth was watering when I read your description of the dish and saw the accompanying pictures. In short: this is -so- up my alley.
    Also: 30 cousins?! Wow! And you’re all getting together for Thanksgiving? I always thought our family get-togethers were huge but I can’t imagine yours. That has to be fun!

    Reply
    1. Ellie Post author

      Oh thank you SO much. You will have to let me know if you make it!! And yes, Thanksgiving is always huge!

      Reply
  5. Pingback: Healthy Holidays Recipe Round-Up - BGB Friendsgiving - Masala Girl Travels

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe: