Recipe: Cauliflower and goat cheese gratin from Vinegar Hill House


Try this creamy side from Mark Poiarkoff, executive chef at Vinegar Hill House, for an updated alternative to green bean casserole. Poiarkoff provided the recipe in gram measurements, so time to get out that kitchen scale if you’ve got one. We’ve translated it into cups and tablespoons, but grams will be far more precise.

Serves 8-10 as a sidePrep time: 1 hourCook time: 30 minutesTotal time: 1 hour 30 minutes


3 medium-sized heads of cauliflower with leaves and cores removed

For cheese sauce

85g (6 Tbs) butter

75g (1/3 cup) flour

350g (1 1/2 cups) cream

350g (1 1/2 cups) milk

20 strokes nutmeg

1 pinch black pepper

14g (1 Tbs) salt

25g (2 Tbs) sherry vinegar

275g (10 oz) fresh chevre, crumbled (Capriole recommended)


For breadcrumbs:

17g almonds

7g (two smallish cloves) garlic

10g (about a quarter cup of leaves) parsley

13g (1 Tbs) chili oil

17g ( 4 tsp) olive oil

4g (1 tsp) salt

2 cups Panko breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Cut cauliflower into florets and toss lightly in oil and a pinch of salt.

Spread cauliflower out on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake until cauliflower begins to brown (it should not be cooked all the way through).

Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature.

Make cheese sauce

Put milk, cream, salt, pepper and nutmeg in a small pot on medium heat

Place butter in a medium size pot on low heat until melted

Whisk flour into melted butter and let cook for about 5 minutes. Continually whisk

Pour milk/ cream mixture into butter/ flour mixture

Slowly bring to a boil while constantly whisking (being sure to scrape bottom of pot). Once the mixture has come to a boil, turn down heat to low

Add sherry vinegar and cheese. Mix until cheese is just melted and mixture is smooth

For breadcrumbs

Blend almonds, garlic, parsley, chili oil and olive oil in a food processor or blender until fine

Mix with bread crumbs

Lay out on sheet tray and bake at 325 degrees until golden brown, about 15 minutes

To assemble gratin

In a large bowl, mix cooked cauliflower with cheese sauce

Pour into a buttered 10 x 10 casserole dish

Top with breadcrumbs and bake at 350 degrees until hot in the center, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately