Jun 23

Smashed Cauliflower Gratin with Goat Cheese

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Submitted by: Liz Hughes

This Smashed Cauliflower Gratin with Goat Cheese is gluten free and grain free, therefore Paleo. Yet this dish isn’t missing anything. It’s satisfying (if not more) like a heaping pile of mashed potatoes.

Smashed Cauliflower Gratin with Goat Cheese

Makes 4-6 servings


  • 1 3 lb. head cauliflower, trimmed, core removed and cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped medium
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Dash of cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces low fat cream cheese
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, divided
  • finely chopped fresh chives



  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large pot bring salted water to a boil. Add cauliflower and cook for 15 minutes or until very tender. Set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt butter on medium heat. Add onions and cook for 5 minutes until the onions are translucent. Add garlic and cook for 2 more minutes. Stir in nutmeg, cayenne and salt.
  4. In the bowl of a food processor combine cauliflower, cream cheese, and 2 ounces of goat cheese. Blend until just combined, leaving some whole pieces of cauliflower for texture. In a large bowl combine cauliflower and onion mixture. Adjust salt to taste.
  5. Put mixture into a buttered 2 quart casserole dish or individual ramekins. Crumble the extra 2 ounces of goat cheese on top.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes until lightly browned on top and heated through.
  7. Garnish with chives and serve hot.

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