If you believe it’s a struggle to make kids eat more vegetables, this recipe will prove you wrong! Over the years, I have learned that kids will eat if 1) the food looks appealing 2) the food is tasty 3) there’s cheese in it (this may pertain only to my kids).
The #1 turn-off to my kids in liking new dishes is if the food is bland. It has to have some flavors to it. For this dish, caramelized onions and a hint of nutmeg will do the trick! As a rule in cooking, anything that calls for Bechamel sauce (a rich white sauce made with milk, butter and flour) will be enhanced by a touch of nutmeg and the onions give this dish an unexpected sweetness.
So now, on to the appeal… That’s the magic of gratins (dishes with a light browned crust of breadcrumbs or melted cheese). Who can resist gooey melted cheese and creamy white sauce? Oh my! Just writing this makes me salivate… And believe me, kids can’t resist. It reminds them of the comfort that Mac & Cheese bring them and they will love it! So cheers to more veggies in their tummies!
By the way, what’s your trick to make your kids eat veggies?
Cook the cauliflower in salted boiling water until tender and spread in a baking dish. Season with salt and pepper. Try to not over cook.
Season your onions and cook them for about 10 mns until caramelized. Sprinkle them over the cauliflower.
Preheat the oven at 400° F. Prepare the Bechamel sauce: in a medium pot, melt the butter on medium high heat and add the flour. Stir and cook for about a minute. Add the hot milk whisking continuously until the the lumps are all gone. Bring to a boil and cook until the sauce thicken. Turn off the burner and add a 1/4 cup of the cheese and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Pour the sauce over the cauliflower and mix to evenly coat every florets. Cover with the remaining cheese and bake for about 15mns until the cheese is melted and golden brown.
You can make it a main dish by adding pieces of cooked bacon before adding the sauce.