Cook Along with Chef Deniz: Cauliflower Gratin With Poached Leeks, Cave Aged Gruyere And Bechamel

March 25, 2021

Cook Along with Chef Deniz: Cauliflower Gratin With Poached Leeks, Cave Aged Gruyere And Bechamel

Our Cooking Along LIVE series continues! Thank you to all who registered, donated to support our chefs, or ordered a cook-along kit so you could follow along live.

Tired of your same old, same old sides? Well...so are we! LOL! Tonight Chef Deniz will teach you hot to transform a humble Cauliflower into a couple of killer sides - perfect for your Easter weekend or a random Thursday. Watch the class below, or visit us on YouTube.

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Cauliflower Gratin With Poached Leeks, Cave Aged Gruyere And Bechamel

By Chef Deniz Tarakcioglu

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sized head of cauliflower, broken into large florets
  • 2 leeks, sliced into1/2’’ slices, white part only
  • 3 cloves of garlic, puréed
  • 10mL fennel seeds, crushed
  • 30mL dijon mustard
  • 500mL milk
  • 35mL flour
  • 50mL butter
  • 10mL grated nutmeg
  • 2 egg yolk

  • 100mL heavy cream
  • 200mL gruyere, grated
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 50mL hazelnuts, roasted and crushed coarsely

Instructions:

  • Preheat your broiler in your oven on medium or high.
  • Bring a medium pot of salted water up to a boil. Poach leeks and cauliflower, at the same time around 4-5 minutes.
  • In a medium size pot melt butter with garlic and fennel seeds. Add flour and cook for 2 minutes. In 100mL batches start adding the cold milk and whisking constantly, every time until smooth. Add cream and simmer for 5 minutes. Add half of the grated cheese, nutmeg and whisk in 2 egg yolks.
  • In an oven safe dish arrange the cauliflower florets and leeks. Ladle 200mL sauce on, and sprinkle the rest of the gruyere. Bake under the oven grill on the mid shelf until golden brown and bubbly.
  • Transfer on a plate and sprinkle with hazelnuts and green onions.

Prep Time: ~20 minutes

Cook time: Bake until golden brown and bubbly

Yield: 2 servings




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