This Creamy Cauliflower Gratin is delicious and savory without the dairy or the coconut! It’s the perfect side dish, great for the holidays and is AIP, paleo, vegan and Whole30 compliant.
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This Creamy Cauliflower Gratin recipe makes a dairy and coconut-free side dish that is AIP, paleo, vegan, Whole30 compliant and sure to please. The magical ingredient(s) in this recipe? My ultimate Vegan Queso Cheese Dip! This vegetable-based cheesy vegan sauce is completely nut-free, soy-free and is the perfect dairy-free base for this Cauliflower Gratin. Zucchini and butternut squash make this sauce creamy and together with carrots give it a vibrant, natural yellow colour.
To make this Creamy Cauliflower Gratin, begin by making the vegan queso cheese dip recipe. Next, boil cauliflower in salted water for 3 minutes. Arrange the gratin by adding 1/2 the vegan queso to the baking dish, followed by the cauliflower, a sprinkle of fresh parsley and then remaining queso sauce. In this recipe, I’ve added some Grain-Free Seasoned Coating Mix from Paleo Powder to the top of the dish which gives it a crispy and flavorful crust. You can also add some crushed plantain or cassava chips, or AIP sourdough breadcrumbs (omit for Whole30).
Creamy Cauliflower Gratin FAQs
Can I substitute cauliflower in this dish?
Broccoli would probably work really nicely here alongside or as a substitute for the cauliflower.
Can I use arrowroot starch in place of tapioca?
I haven’t tried myself but these two are usually swappable.
Can I omit the vinegar?
If you can’t tolerate vinegar, you can omit it here but this is what gives the sauce that acidic and cheese like flavor. You might want to compensate for that with the addition of some nutritional yeast, more parsley and garlic powder to add some more “oomph” to the sauce.
Where can I find AIP Paleo Powder?
Shop AIP sells this AIP compliant – Grain-free seasoned coating mix that I used in this recipe. As I’ve noted above, you can omit this, use crushed AIP compliant cassava chips or AIP sourdough breadcrumbs as an alternative.
Here’s a demo:
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