This vegetarian version of Potato Cauliflower bake is rich and creamy with nicely balanced flavours. It’s one of those satisfying, comforting meals we all crave especially during winter. It’s easy to make the recipe gluten-free with just one small adjustment.
Course Main Course
Keyword gluten-free, vegetarian
Prep Time 25minutes
Cook Time 1hour15minutes
Total Time 1hour40minutes
6 - 8mid-sized potatoes
1caulifloweror ½ of extra large cauliflower
40mlolive oilapprox. 4 tbs
40gplain flour or gluten-free alternativeMy favourite for this recipe is oat flour
Boil the potatoes whole with skin until they are soft in the middle, usually around 15 – 20 minutes depending on their size. Let them cool down.
Divide the cauliflower head into florets and cook them for around 7 minutes in salted water. (If you have an extra large cauliflower you can use ½ of the florets for cauliflower soup. If that’s the case, keep the water from the boiled cauliflower and put it aside.)
Let the cooked cauliflower cool a bit on the rack. Once cooled chop the florets into rough chunks.
Finely chop the onion and garlic. Fry the onion first, when it starts browning add in chopped garlic and fry for another minute. Mix in cauliflower pieces, season with salt and pepper and take off the heat.
Peel cooked potatoes and cut them into 5 mm slices. They will most likely break but it doesn’t matter. Spread all sliced potatoes over the bottom of the baking tray. Season with salt.
Lay cauliflower and fried onion mix on top of the potatoes. Don’t compact the ingredients as you want the bechamel to be able to get in between.
I often make this meal gluten-free and replace normal flour with oat flour (I make my own oat flour in our Vitamix blender, simply by blending oats for a few seconds on high speed).
Heat up the oil in the pan. Add the flour and fry for 1 minute.
Before you add milk, take the pot off the heat (this step helps to avoid lumps in your bechamel). Pour half of the milk into the pot and constantly stir the mixture with a whisk dissolving all flour.
Once the mixture is smooth, stir the rest of the milk and double cream in. As an optional step, you can add grated nutmeg and bay leaf into the bechamel sauce.
Put the sauce back to medium heat and continuously stir until its boiling. You should be able to see the consistency changing and getting thicker.
Pour the sauce over the cauliflower. Sprinkle the top generously with grated cheddar cheese.
Bake in the preheated oven to 180 degrees Celsius for 45 minutes or until the top is nice and golden.
Note: Please, make sure you are not sensitive to protein avenin in oats if you are celiac as it is similar to gluten. However, according to Coeliac.org.uk, most celiac people can tolerate it.