Have you ever tried a cauliflower gratin? This is a healthier twist on the cheesy potato dish you might be familiar with and would be perfect on a spring holiday table and suits the dietary needs of practically everyone, whether they be paleo, autoimmune, vegan, kosher… or an ordinary omnivore who just loves tasty food! The star ingredient is all dressed up with a dairy-free sauce and topped with a grain-free crunchy crust. To my pleasant surprise, the leftovers also held up well and reheated nicely.
Notes on ingredients
This cauliflower gratin does require a few specialty ingredients, but ones that you will be happy to stock in your pantry for other uses, particularly if you are following a grain-free and dairy-free diet like the Paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP).
The cream sauce is built upon coconut milk, cassava flour for thickening, and nutritional yeast for flavor. See below for my brand recommendations and links to buying information:
In my recipe testing, I found that I had the best results when I also added some homemade bone broth to the sauce. If you don’t want to make your own broth, check out the post here to see buying options. If you are serving vegans, use homemade vegetable broth or just a cup of plain filtered water.
To make the crunchy topping, you need a package of cassava flatbread, such as the Yucan Crunch sold by Mission Heirloom in Berkeley, California. You may be able to find a similar product in a well stocked international market under the name “casabe bread,” but your best bet may be to order online.
As always, my favorite place to buy AIP-friendly shelf-stable ingredients is ShopAIP! Be sure to check out the regular sales and other staples while you are there and use code SHOP to get 10% off your first purchase.
Notes for healing/special diets
AIP, Paleo, Whole30 – This cauliflower gratin recipe is dairy-free, grain-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and nightshade-free and therefore 100% compliant with the elimination phase of the Paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP) and also meets the requirements of the Whole30.
Specific Carbohydrate (SCD) – Cassava is a starchy vegetable and is illegal on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). You could make this recipe without the thickening flour or the topping and just turn it into a creamy cauliflower dish, or if you tolerate almond flour I think you could make a nice crunchy topping using that.
FODMAP – My apologies to my friends who need to be low-FODMAP. Cauliflower is probably not your friend and there is no way around that! I sympathize… even today after years of healing, I have to be careful not to eat too much cauliflower in a single meal or else I have uncomfortable gas.
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