Roasted Cauliflower Gratin with Parmesan Panko & Wasabi Crust
Using foods in new, creative ways makes cooking fun and gets the whole family engaged. This recipe takes a traditional Italian Sunday dinner side and reinvents it with a modern day snack – wasabi peas. The Asian horseradish flavor brings unexpected depth and richness that excites and satisfies mom and dad, kids or family guests.
- 2 large heads of Josie’s Organics cauliflower cut into ¼" slices – save the leaves
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 cup wasabi peas, crushed
- 1½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¾ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ cup panko bread crumbs
- ½ stick of unsalted butter, melted
- ¾ cup grated parmesan
- 1 cup heavy cream
Preheat the oven to 400°.
In a large mixing bowl, toss the cauliflower slices in the olive oil with a ½ cup wasabi peas and the salt and pepper. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper and evenly lay the cauliflower on the sheets. Roast until tender with a fork and slightly brown, about 40 minutes.
Turn the oven down to 350°.
Spray a 9×13″ baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place half of the cauliflower slices in the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle half of the parmesan cheese on top and drizzle half of the melted butter. Layer the remaining cauliflower on top and evenly pour the cream over the entire mixture.
In a small mixing bowl, mix together the remaining parmesan and wasabi peas with the bread crumbs. Stir in the remaining butter and mix well. Evenly distribute the mixture over the cauliflower to form a crust.
Bake for 40 minutes or until the crust is golden and dish is bubbly.
Let rest 5-10 minutes before serving.
Dress it Up
Gratins are usually made to serve family style, but for a special dinner party or a more intimate meal, you can bake this recipe in individual ramekins. Just be sure to place them in a larger baking dish surrounded by 1″ of water before putting in the oven – this will keep them moist and bubbly while cooking. For an extra fragrant, nutty flavor, add ¼ cup finely chopped pistachios or hazelnuts to the crust. Be sure to mix in an extra teaspoon of melted butter, too.