I came up with this idea while brainstorming about what to make for white wine week. I was only cooking for two, so I wrote the recipe accordingly… you’ll need to double (or triple) the quantities depending on the number of people you’re serving.
One word of advice when cooking with wine: always use something that you like to drink. I promise, your finished dish will taste much better if you’re using a wine that you like. As for the way this one turned out…it’s fantastic!! Try it this week!
ROASTED CAULIFLOWER GRATIN
½ head of cauliflower, cut into bite size pieces
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons butter
½ cup milk
½ cup dry white wine (I used a blend)
¼ cup freshly grated Romano cheese
Panko bread crumbs
Salt and pepper
Drizzle the cauliflower with olive oil, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Roast at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes, until easily pierced with a fork and nicely browned on the edges. Put the cauliflower into a baking dish and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour, and cook, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes. Whisk in the milk and wine, and cook, stirring, until it thickens to your desired consistency. Take the sauce off of the heat, stir in the cheese, salt, and pepper. Pour the sauce over the cauliflower.
In a small bowl, mix some Panko breadcrumbs (use as much as you want for the top of the gratin) with some olive oil. The idea is to get the breadcrumbs coated so that they brown nicely in the oven. Sprinkle the Panko over the cauliflower. Bake at 400 degrees until the top is browned, about 15-20 minutes.
"Food is never just food. It's also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, & who we want to be." -- Molly Wizenberg