Petites Cauliflower and Potato Gratin

2010 Sep/Oct

Jared Alvey likes to serves this rustic autumn dish with mustard-coated roasted pork loin.


  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 c. whipping cream
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 sprig thyme, leaves only
  • 3 large Yukon Gold or other yellow-fleshed potatoes
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/2 c. grated gruyère cheese
  • bread crumbs or crushed Ritz crackers for topping
  • salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a casserole dish with butter. Combine garlic, whipping cream, sour cream, shallots and thyme in a bowl. Peel and thinly slice the potatoes on a mandolin. Core and thinly slice the cauliflower on a mandolin. Add half the cream mixture to the potatoes and half to the cauliflower. Layer the casserole dish with alternating potato and cauliflower layers, seasoning each layer with salt and pepper. Pour the remaining liquid in the bowl over the top of the gratin, sprinkle with cheese and bread crumbs or cracker crumbs to cover. Cover with tin foil and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove tinfoil and bake until the top is golden brown. Let rest for 15 minutes before serving. Serves 6 generously.