Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin

Total Time:
20 min
20 min

4 servings

  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen cauliflower florets (recommended: Pictsweet)
  • 1 (10.75-ounce) can condensed Cheddar cheese soup (recommended: Campbell's)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Mexican style shredded cheese (recommended: Kraft)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan (recommended: Di Giorno)
  • 2 tablespoons Italian style bread crumbs (recommended: Progresso)
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

Preheat the broiler.

In a microwave-safe casserole dish, stir to combine cauliflower, soup, cayenne pepper, salt and shredded cheese. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high setting for 6 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine grated Parmesan, bread crumbs, and olive oil. Remove cauliflower from microwave and remove plastic wrap. Spoon bread crumb mixture over cauliflower and broil for 1 to 2 minutes until top is golden brown. Serve hot.

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    Everything about this recipe was wrong.
    The use of the Campbell's cheese soup was horrible. It was too salty and tasted wretched. I would recommend using 1 to 1 and 1/4 cups of shredded cheddare cheese.
    Sandras recipes are easy and simple, however, she is the most wastefull cook on any TV show I have watched. She never scrapes out a can, bowl or pot. A third of whatever goes into the trash or sink. I feel sorry for the people who have to clean up after her.
    Easy and delicious - IF you like cauliflower. And I do. So I made it just for me. But changed a few things because I didn't have everything that was called for in the recipe. Used Borsin cheese with herbs and sauteed shallots (it was in the refrig). Didn't have the soup. Did the topping with plain breadcrumbs flavored with Italian seasoning, garlic powder and paprika, romano and parmesan cheese. Added the olive oil. Put onto the cauliflower and sprinkled nutmeg. GOOD. I can't stand it when people review recipes and wonder why theirs didn't turn out to their liking - recipes are a GUIDE. Read the recipe, get the idea and then make your own. then you won't have to keep looking up the recipe every time you want to make it.
    Made this for our semi-edible blog ( Liz hated it, I thought it was okay despite tasting extremely processed and despite parts that remained cold. We did NOT add the extra salt required because the canned soup was more than enough. Would not make this. Make a roux, add milk and cheese and you will have a much much better sauce than a can of soup....and it takes 5 minutes.
    This is a super simple recipe and absolutely delicious. The only thing I changed was adding a full cup of cheese - just because I love cheese. I would recommend this recipe to anyone.
    Once again, if you alter a recipe with your own additions you can not fault the recipe. I am so glad that I tried this recipe in spite of the reviews. i followed it exactly and it is very tasty and simple. The cayenne pepper itself gave it such a kick that you would not be calling this one bland. Easy...Simple...Delish!!!
    You will need to doctor up this recipe to get better flavor. You also have to cook the cauliflower in the microwave longer than she suggests. If we try this again, I will add less soup and more shredded cheese. Think about using the Campbell's pepper jack soup. We did not add the topping - it's OK without.
    I should have read the reviews before making it. If you use fresh cauliflower definitely cook prior to adding cheese soup. I was disappointed because it didn't taste any different than when I have made up "cheesy cauliflower". I could have made this without wasting the time to read a recipe. It wasn't bad - just blah and tasted like cheese soup mixed in with cauliflower.
    This recipe is okay if you make a few improvements. The first time I made it, it just tasted like hot babyfood mush, but my kids liked it. So I made it again, but only used 1/2 of the cheese soup, added more real shredded cheese (cheddar instead of mexican mix), and used real cauliflower (boil for about 5 minutes or steam). These changes made a world of difference, so now I consider it edible!
    I used a mix with both cauliflower and broccoli. I also added some bacon bits since I had them, and that made it excellent. The topping was great.. It was really delicious.
    I loved this recipe. Nice and cheesy with a nice touch of heat. I did take liberty with this though and instead of microwaving the cauliflower I thawed it under running hot water. I put all ingrediants in a casserole dish & baked until bubbly, then added the topping and baked again till golden brown. This was really good with inch thick pork chops I'd broiled. Yummy I'll make this again!
    This recipe was super simple and tasted great. Make sure you start with frozen cauliflower. I cooked some fresh cauliflower the night before and then used it the next day in the recipe and it was too watery. I am going to try the same recipe with broccoli. (I think my three year old prefers the green.)
    This recipe is as easy as can be. And gives wonderful flavor with it. My husband just adored this one.
    this is the best broccoli recipe i have ever tasted. thanx sandra lee
    The cauliflower was overcooked and mushy and the cheese sauce barely tasted like cheese. This is another recipe i won't try again.
    Plus it had a weird shiny look to it -- like plastic food.
    The canned soup, tons of cheese and salt really cancel out any nutrients that may have been in that frozen bag of cauli -- not that frozen vegetables are all that great anyway. This was disgusting and not real cooking. Lay off the sauce S.L.
    not a fan of this recipe. Just did not taste right. Kind of like plastic.
    oh well.
    One word: NASTY.
    Next time i will make this dish with broccoli. Other than that i did'nt understand why mostly everyone complained....
    I am always looking for a way to get my kids to eat more vegies. Anything with cheese has their vote.
    Sorry but I'd never make this again. It was bland and mushy and unappetizing.
    Loved how simple it was to make, but had to add alot of salt and pepper for taste. Next time I'll use more real cheese and less condensed cheese soup.
    Between the frozen cauliflower and the sauce this was just very soft and mushy. I like the idea but will try it with fresh cauliflower and less soup the next time. If you have a little more time, Ina Garten's cauliflower gratin is excellent.
    It was very easy and fast. The taste was good enough considering how little effort it took to make.
    This is fast and easy. Not as flavor filled as I thought, but a good side dish to whip up in a hurry.
    The soup made the sauce taste like a can. It was nasty and disgusting.
    I actually substituted broccoli for the cauliflower and everybody loved it. I'm also thinking about doing a combination of both. The great thing though is the crispy topping that I can use in a lot of other recipes too!
    I may have done it wrong but it was a little to spicy. Next time I'll put a little less spice in it. Also had to substitute broccali (father-in-law allergic to callieflower) but still turned out good. It was a hit.
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