28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 5

In this otherwise humble gratin, we're going to use another, much more delicious delivery system of truffles: truffle pecorino cheese. For less than $10 worth of cheese, I think you can get a nicer, truer truffle flavor. By the way, if you know they actually make this cheese with synthetic truffle oil, please keep it to yourself, and don't spoil it for me.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Butter a 9x13-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon butter.

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  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk flour into butter; cook and stir until raw flour taste cooks off, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Gradually whisk milk into flour mixture. Increase heat to medium-high; cook and stir until mixture thickens and comes to a simmer, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir truffled pecorino cheese, salt, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg into milk mixture until cheese sauce is thick.

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; add cauliflower and cook until slightly tender, about 6 minutes. Drain and transfer cauliflower to prepared baking dish. Spread cheese sauce evenly over cauliflower. Dust with bread crumbs, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese; drizzle olive oil over the top and sprinkle with a pinch of cayenne pepper.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until browned and bubbling, about 30 minutes. Garnish with chopped fresh chives.

Nutrition Facts

241 calories; 21.9 g total fat; 35 mg cholesterol; 463 mg sodium. 17.2 g carbohydrates; 12.4 g protein; Full Nutrition


Reviews (22)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2016
Made this twice now and love it. Both times I've used Trader Joe's Truffled White Cheddar cheese mixed with Parmigiano-Reggiano and it turns out fantastic. I also steam and not blanch the cauliflower. I think steaming retains more flavor and nutrition. The trick here is to not oversteam it. So delicious and I'll be making this time and time over again!
(6)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 4 stars
03/27/2018
It was good but I will cut the amount of garlic powder to 1/8 t and the onion powder to 1/4 t and add more cheese
28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2016
Made this twice now and love it. Both times I've used Trader Joe's Truffled White Cheddar cheese mixed with Parmigiano-Reggiano and it turns out fantastic. I also steam and not blanch the cauliflower. I think steaming retains more flavor and nutrition. The trick here is to not oversteam it. So delicious and I'll be making this time and time over again!
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2016
So delicious! I made it with orange cauliflower to dress it up a bit. Couldn't find truffle cheese so substituted truffle butter for two tbs of the butter. Used gouda cheese. I've got the larger portion of this holding in the fridge for a party on Saturday. Can't wait to see what they all think. I am sure they will love this like I do. Yummm!!!
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2017
I wasn't able to find the truffled percorino so I had to use regular pecorino and added a 1/4 tsp of white truffle oil I had. I'm sure this would taste even better with the right cheese but as it was it was delicious! I only had a medium cauliflower so I halved the recipe in a 9x9 dish. For a 9x12 I believe I need to get 2 cauliflowers. Thanks again Chef John!
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2016
not sure how much cauliflower to use?
Rating: 4 stars
03/27/2018
It was good but I will cut the amount of garlic powder to 1/8 t and the onion powder to 1/4 t and add more cheese
Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2016
Made this for lunch and it was delicious.
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2015
Came out great! Be careful with the salt you don't need much because the porcine cheese is naturally very salty. Definitely will make it again
Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2018
Very rich and decadent. Probably won't be making this often because of the cholesterol etc. but I just had to try it. I couldn't find the cheese with the truffle in it so I drizzled truffle oil on top instead of OO. Pretty strong. I can taste it. I don't think my hubby knew what it was. I am on a mission to find the cheese with the truffle in it. I did not use garlic powder as other people did.
Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2015
excelente