This simple cauliflower gratin with mornay sauce makes a very tasty side dish, or vegetarian main course.
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First, make the mornay sauce. This cheese sauce can be replaced with a béchamel sauce.
Fill a large saucepan with water and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, break the cauliflower into florets; these do not have to be very small. Cook the cauliflower florets until al dente in the boiling water.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. Toast the hazelnuts briefly in a dry pan; do not add oil or butter.
Drain the cauliflower florets and place them in a baking dish. Spread the mornay sauce over them and sprinkle with a layer of grated cheese.
Bake the cauliflower gratin for around 20 minutes, until golden brown. The exact baking time depends on your oven. Roughly chop the hazelnuts and sprinkle them over the oven dish. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired. Enjoy your meal!
What is a mornay sauce?
A mornay sauce is a kind of béchamel sauce, which is made more flavoursome by the addition of cheese and egg yolks. It’s delicious cheese sauce which can add flavour to a variety of dishes.
Can I replace hazelnuts with something else?
You can replace the hazelnuts with almonds, peanuts, cashew nuts, or even crispy bacon for a non-vegetarian version.