Cauliflower and Millet Gratin

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course


A twist on the traditional gratin, this millet gratin uses roasted cauliflower and cooked millet for a hearty main or vegetarian side dish.



  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 1 medium shallot
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons white whole wheat flour or unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded havarti (roughly 1/3 pound of cheese)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cooked millet
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan (see note)


  1. Heat oven to 400˚F.
  2. Chop the cauliflower into even, bite-sized pieces and mince the shallot. Place in roasting pan. Drizzle the olive oil and toss until the cauliflower and shallots are well coated. Roast for 25 minutes until the cauliflower starts to brown.
  3. While the cauliflower is roasting, melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium-low heat. Then stir in the flour. Cook for a minute, until the flour is well mixed with the butter. Whisk in the milk and cook until the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and stir in the shredded havarti and salt.
  4. When the cauliflower is done, add cooked millet to the pan. Then pour the sauce over the mixture. Stir until the gratin is combined. Sprinkle with parmesan and place the gratin back in the oven. Bake for 25 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and the top is lightly browning.


Tips & Tricks: The key to making a good bechamel sauce is to keep whisking as you add the milk to the butter and flour mixture. Also, whisk constantly while it’s cooking to prevent clumping. Feel free to play with the quantity of milk depending on how thick or thin you want your sauce to be.

Look for Parmesan cheese that contains vegetarian or microbial rennet. Most parmesan isn’t vegetarian friendly but there are options out there!

Stock up: get the pantry ingredients you will need: cauliflower, olive oil, millet

Nutrition: See the information.


  • Calories: 422
  • Sugar: 8.8
  • Sodium: 711.3
  • Fat: 25.4
  • Carbohydrates: 28.4
  • Fiber: 4.4
  • Protein: 22.4
  • Cholesterol: 72.6