Friday Supper: Cheesy Cauliflower gratin served with Excelsior Merlot

This is winter comfort food at its best – based on the après ski classic, tartiflette. Perfect for a winter evening with a fresh green side salad. Serve with Excelsior Merlot.

Excelsior Merlot

Why is this the right wine choice? Merlot is a friend of everyday home-style dishes. This recipe for Cauliflower cheese requires a fairly robust red wine – Shiraz would also work well.

Cheesy cauliflower gratin

T0 serve 4 you will need:

  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 200g smoked bacon lardons or cubetti di pancetta
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 800g potatoes, thickly sliced
  • 1kg cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets
  • 100g medium-mature cheddar or Gruyère, coarsely grated
  • 250ml double cream


What to do…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the bacon for 5 mins until just starting to crisp. Add the onion and sizzle for 12 mins until soft and golden.
  2. Meanwhile, tip the potatoes into a large pan of water, making sure they are well covered. Bring to a gentle boil, then add the cauliflower and cook everything for 6-7 mins until both are tender. Tip into a colander and drain thoroughly.
  3. In a gratin dish, layer the potato and cauliflower, then scatter with bacon, onion and a small handful of cheese. Drizzle each layer with a little cream and season. Continue until all the layers are finished, pour over the remaining cream and scatter with the last of the cheese. Bake for 30 mins until bubbling. Remove from the oven and set aside for 1 min to rest. Serve straight from the dish with a crisp green salad.

Adapted from Good Food Magazine



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