Cauliflower Rice Gratin; time troubles

Just in case anyone is planning Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, and still looking for an easy side dish…… Try this Cauliflower Rice Gratin.

It can be made ahead of time and baked at the last minute. It doesn’t have eggs or cream so it doesn’t need special handling.

If you don’t have cauliflower use what you have – broccoli, Brussel sprouts. carrots, spinach, winter squash. It’s very flexible.

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Cauliflower Rice Gratin

This is an easy gratin, with both the rice and cauliflower pre-cooked. Make ahead and bake when you’re ready.

  • Author: Katie
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Vegetables


  • 1/2 cup (3oz, 90gr) Basmati rice
  • 1 cup (8oz 240gr) chicken stock
  • 2 cups (1/3 head) cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 125gr) Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup (1oz, 30gr) grated Parmesan
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 1/2 cup (2oz, 60gr) shredded cheese


  • Cook rice in stock according to package directions, usually about 16 minutes.
  • Cook cauliflower in boiling salted water for 7 – 9 minutes, until tender 
  • When rice is done, combine with yogurt, marjoram, and Parmesan
  • Put half of the rice mixture into a baking dish.
  • Drain cauliflower and arrange over the rice.
  • Top with shredded cheese and bake 15 minutes, 400F (200C), until heated through and golden. 
  • Serve.


You could substitute any cooked vegetable for the cauliflower.

Keywords: cauliflower gratin, rice gratin

Cauliflower Rice Gratin

I’m having a difficult time with time.

I know, intellectually, that tomorrow is U.S. Thanksgiving Day.

I know, intellectually, that Christmas will follow shortly.

Usually, by this time of year, I have planned when I’m going to start decorating and when I’m going to do the Christmas baking.

I’m just not feeling it…..

I think it’s because there haven’t been any of the usual markers.

Spring came and went without any visits to the garden stores.

Summer came and went without any festivals or wine tours or night markets or concerts or vide greniers (garage sales). The Tour de France was moved from June to August (or was it September?) and then everyone forgot about it

I didn’t put on a sundress all summer – because I never went anywhere that would justify getting the tiniest bit dressed up.

The Chocolate Fair was cancelled, as were all of the Christmas markets.

My Book Club hasn’t met since March.

While my calendar says it’s time for Christmas by mind is thinking Easter.

On the other hand…. this makes me ‘one with (most) the world’, doesn’t it?

I think I’ll put the Christmas tree up this weekend.

The pretty colored lights will make me happy……

On another note….. Apparently, in addition to the dog food, bird food, and recently added cat food, i now have to buy bat food.

A family of bats has moved into the barn.

What do bats eat in the winter?

Do they hibernate?

I keep waking them up…..

5 thoughts on “Cauliflower Rice Gratin; time troubles”

  1. There’s a lot of information on what bats do in the winter in France, but they pretty much hibernate below a specific temperature. They exist pretty much on bugs, so unless you have bugs flying in wintertime, the bats will most likely hibernate or move on. I love bats. They devour mosquitoes by the truckload.

    I buy ‘riced’ cauliflower and am always looking for recipes for it and I think this will be a keeper. I like gratins so this will do nicely 🙂

    I’m doing my decorating for Christmas starting this weekend. When Thing One was a year old, my mother died. I buried her Christmas Eve morning. For several years, I went through the motions for the girls, but finally realized that as much as my mother loved Christmas, she’d be so disappointed in me if I didn’t pull myself out of my funk and really let the girls enjoy it. I look forward to it now and am always a little saddened when I have to take them all down.

    • That is a bittersweet memory every year.
      I started thinking it was a waste of time and energy to decorate the whole house for Christmas here – when no one ever saw it but us. A few years ago I decided that we were important enough so I do it and enjoy it. I take my time and let my mind wander down memory lane while I work. And I watch stupid Christmas stuff on TV while I work lol
      I’ve never tried ‘riced# cauliflower. Maybe this year.

      • I do the same thing! I take my time, though I watch old Christmas movies on TV or sing along to the radio, and work until I’m done. Sometimes, it might take a couple days, but you’re right, we count just as much as far as enjoying everything. And yes, it’s bittersweet, but I have my cry and then I remember the good things.

        Riced cauliflower looks just like potatoes you’d put through a ricer, but they keep their shape unlike the potatoes that mash. And yes, in the frozen veggie section though you could do your own with a ricer or food processor.

  2. I discovered cauliflower rice on my recent move back here to Melbourne and I love it…i have it several times a week in fact.. its the most versatile thing !

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