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Cauliflower Gratin Recipe with Buttery Ritz Topping

Inspired by the classic British comfort food dish Cauliflower Cheese, this Cauliflower Gratin Recipe with Buttery Ritz Topping features cauliflower in a rich, creamy savory cheese sauce with a buttery crunch.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 271kcal


Cauliflower Cheese Gratin:

Buttery Ritz Topping:


  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Spray the inside of a 1.5-quart casserole dish with olive oil spray.
  • Cook the cauliflower florets in boiling water for 3 minutes, and then drain well.
  • Whisk together the cream cheese, milk, Frank’s RedHot sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and black pepper in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once the sauce is smooth, whisk in the shredded cheese a handful at a time until the sauce is smooth.
  • Add the Ritz crackers to a zip-top plastic bag and crush. Add the thyme, black pepper, and butter, seal the bag, and shake it around to mix.
  • Stir together the cauliflower and cheese sauce. Pour it into the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle the cracker topping evenly on top.
  • Bake until the casserole is bubbling outside and the topping is golden, about 15 minutes.


  • To make this ahead of time, you can make the cauliflower and cheese sauce up to 5 days in advance. Just hold off on adding the Ritz topping and baking it until the day you want to eat it. 


Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 498mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 648IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 295mg | Iron: 1mg